What Is Bloodless Surgery ?

What is Bloodless Surgery

Have you ever thought of having Bloodless Surgery as an alternative option rather than have a blood transfusion ?

Rather than just having a blood transfusion why not be pro active with your choices and ask your doctor about checking out the alternative choices so you have the best health care possible.

What is Bloodless Surgery ?The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut defines bloodless surgery as "...surgical and medical treatment without the administration of blood or blood-related products."

More people are now more proactive about their healthcare and are aware that they have choices about health care and expect medical professionals to respect their decisions.


It is used for a few reasons now as well as religious beliefs there are also social concerns about blood transfusions also legal, medical concerns and economic issues.

Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses were the first people to abstain from having blood transfusions obeying the scripture in Acts 15:20,29 which state to "abstain from blood".

Many people thought they were crazy until they too could see that Bloodless Surgery was a far better choice and the hospitals found Non Jehovah's Witnesses pretenending to be a Witness so they too could refuse a bolld transfusion.

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Ringer's lactate solution, dextran, hydroxyethyl starch, and others are used to maintain blood volume, preventing hypovolemic shock
Ringer's lactate solution, dextran, hydroxyethyl starch, and others are used to maintain blood volume, preventing hypovolemic shock
Salvaging machines recover blood that is lost during surgery or trauma. The blood is cleansed and can be returned to the patient in a closed circuit
Salvaging machines recover blood that is lost during surgery or trauma. The blood is cleansed and can be returned to the patient in a closed circuit
Dividing large surgeries into several smaller ones decreases total blood loss.
Dividing large surgeries into several smaller ones decreases total blood loss.
Laparoscopic and minimally invasive instruments allow surgeries to be performed without the blood loss associated with large incisions.
Laparoscopic and minimally invasive instruments allow surgeries to be performed without the blood loss associated with large incisions.

Disadvantages to Blood Transfusions

Many people are worried about having a blood transfusion due to the fear of catching aids Aids or hepatitis .During the Korean War, nearly 22 percent of those who received plasma transfusions developed hepatitis & by the 1970's transfusion-related hepatitis deaths were approx 3,500 a year .

Others worry about diseases that haven't been proven to be transmitted through blood transfusions such as malaria, babesiosis, and Chagas' disease .

Transfusion errors are another concern & there are deaths every year through ABORh incompatibility.

Others are concerned about the lack of blood available for blood transfusions as well as the cost per person.



Advantages to Bloodless Surgery

Many hospitals have found that patients recover faster with fewer complications; several centers have reported that patients requiring inpatient procedures leave the hospital on average a full day earlier than patients who have had conventional transfusions.

There isn't the worry of having caught a disease from someone through a blood transfusion.

More care is taken to minimise the amount of blood taken from the patient . The invention of microanalyzers allows hospital laboratories to run blood tests on samples of blood that are 30–60% smaller than those previously collected, and to use the same blood sample for multiple tests.


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Quotes on Bloodless Surgery/ Blood Transfusions

Since its establishment in 2001, the [blood management] program has …resulted in a …cost savings that exceed four million dollars per year."

"A blood transfusion is a liquid organ transplant."

Among the benefits [of Bloodless Surgery] are reductions in recovery time, hospital stay, cost and complications -- as well as an estimated $20,000 in savings per patient."

Bloodless surgery is also preferable to having patients transfused with their own blood."

"More than 75,000 doctors practice bloodless surgery in the U.S."





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brightcolours 5 years ago from Shelburne, Ontario

Did you know that Jehovah's Witnesses were the first ones to promote a "No Blood" lifestyle? This is because of scriptures like Acts 15:20,29 which state to "abstain from blood".

Also that they are still being persecuted for such beliefs in many countries? Yet, many doctors and now the army will not except blood. Gods' stand on matters found in the bible has always been ahead of its time. Too bad many do not listen.


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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Yes & some were pretending to be witnesses so they could refuse a blood transfusion as well .

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