My husband, who served as an Army vet, would also like to know if you can donate plasma after extensive surgery. He had an injury on his foot, ankle joints, knees and hands, and also had to undergo surgery to reattach his clavicle bone and fix a shattered elbow. He has to surgery in the future to remove a large cataract on his retina causing Macular degeneration (which is unrelated to his other wounds/surgeries.) He traveled abroad to foreign countries for the Army, most of his surgery and blood transfusions were done in Europe. Can either of us donate plasma since we're both a qualified "medical mess?"
I recall my mother having hip replacement 20 years ago, and carpal tunnel surgery more recently, but she was never rejected from donating blood. Thank you for your reply.
For your husband, whether or not he can donate plasma is more complicated. If he had blood transfusions abroad in a foreign country (any parts of Europe - France, the UK, or Germany) or even Africa due to his surgeries, he is disqualified from donating for life. If he did not have a blood transfusion for any of his extensive surgeries, he may be eligible to donate plasma again.
It doesn't matter whether he donates plasma before cataract surgery - but for health reasons it's recommended to wait for 4 weeks before and after surgical procedures to donate plasma.