(Surgery, Bloodless; Bloodless Medicine; Medicine, Bloodless)
- Save and re-infuse the patient’s own blood (instead of donated blood)
- Use medications that will boost a patient’s blood production and put off elective surgery until anemia resolves
- Minimize blood loss with surgical techniques and medications to improve clotting
Reasons for Procedure
- Concerns about blood-borne diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis
- Complications from a blood transfusion
- Religious beliefs
- Quicker recovery time
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster wound-healing
- Fewer blood transfusion complications
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do a medical history and physical exam
- Order tests
- Give you instructions to prepare for surgery
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Description of the Procedure
- Limit the amount of blood samples taken
- Give medications to help your body increase its own blood supply or increase the amount of oxygen in your blood
- Use special surgery tools or techniques to control bleeding
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, a lot of bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain that cannot be controlled with the medications you've been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Lightheadedness or weakness
- Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
- New or worsening symptoms
Bloodless Surgery http://bloodless-surgery.net
No Blood http://noblood.org
Canadian Blood Services http://blood.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/29/2014 -
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