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
Last reviewedMay 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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