Bloodless Medicine and Surgery from Drexel Surgery
Drexel Surgery provides bloodless medicine and surgery services for patients who don't want the use of blood transfusions and other blood products during their medical procedures.
Due to religious and other personal beliefs, a growing number of patients are seeking alternatives to blood transfusions and the use of blood products. Drexel Surgery respects these needs and has developed techniques to treat patients without the use of any major blood products that have been stored or provided by donors.
Bloodless Medicine Techniques
Drexel Surgery's approach to bloodless medicine involves blood conservation devices, pharmaceuticals, meticulous surgical techniques, and a medical staff committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for every patient.
Our surgeons use the following blood-conserving methods:
- Special anesthesia techniques to lower blood pressure and minimize bleeding
- Minimally invasive surgery, which eliminates large incisions to reduce blood loss, pain, recovery time and surgical scars
- The use of a harmonic scalpel that employs ultrasound technology to simultaneously cut tissue and seal blood vessels
- The Cell Saver, a device that recycles the patient's blood during surgery
- Electrocautery to minimize blood loss through cauterization
To prepare your body for bloodless surgery, you should consider the following:
- Adding iron to your daily diet to boost oxygen levels to red blood cells
- Increasing vitamin C intake to absorb iron more effectively
- Meeting with a nutrition specialist to discuss dietary options
- Stopping all alcohol use at least seven to 10 days before surgery
- Stopping smoking to improve oxygen levels in the blood
- Talking to your physician about stopping over-the-counter or prescribed medications that hinder blood clotting such as aspirin, ibuprofen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
If you wish to have bloodless surgery, you should speak with your physician about your current lifestyle and the changes you can make before stopping or starting any medications or supplements.
Benefits of Bloodless Medicine
In addition to peace of mind, patients who don't want blood transfusions experience several other health benefits. These can include:
- Faster recovery times
- Fewer reactions from blood stored for a longer period of time
- Less chance of infections
- No risks from receiving the wrong blood in error
- Less risk of heart attack and stroke after surgery
To learn more about bloodless medicine and surgery, contact Drexel Surgery today.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.