Bloodless surgery and medicine avoids using donor blood transfusions. Goals of bloodless surgery include:

  • 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

Lost blood during surgery is usually replaced by blood transfusions of donated blood. However, a patient may not want to receive donated blood. Reasons may include:

  • Concerns about blood-borne diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis
  • Complications from a blood transfusion
  • Religious beliefs

Bloodless surgery is an option for those who do not want or cannot have a donor blood transfusion.

There are also benefits of bloodless surgery:

  • Quicker recovery time
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster wound-healing
  • Fewer blood transfusion complications