Why do I require a blood test?
Blood analysis has a wide range of uses and is probably the most common type of medical test patients undergo. Common reasons why your surgeon may have requested a blood test include; to assess your general state of health e.g. diabetes check; to assess whether or not a specific organ is functioning adequately e.g. kidney function prior to a CT angiogram; or to assess if you have any active infection or inflammation.
How is a blood test performed?
Most blood tests are quickly performed and involve the taking of a blood sample from a vein in your arm with a needle and syringe. The process is not overtly painful, but you may feel discomfort as the needle is inserted through the skin into the vein. A small bruise may be evident at the sight of needle insertion for a few days following the test. The majority of individuals tolerate blood tests without difficulty.
When will I get the results?
The results from any blood analysis organised by your surgeon will be communicated to you as soon as the results become available; this can vary from a couple of days to a few weeks depending on what type of test that has been requested.
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What should I do next?
If you think you have one of these conditions or any of the described symptoms we recommend you seek medical advice.
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