Some people elect not to receive blood transfusions or blood products during surgery. This approach is known as "bloodless medicine," and there are a number of medical and ethical reasons why a patient might make this decision.

Bloodless medicine is an exciting field made possible by a growing number of cutting-edge techniques. Many of these techniques are only available in select medical centers that have the right equipment and clinical staff trained in bloodless methods. If you want to know more, this guide explains how surgeries can be safely performed without blood transfusions or major blood products.

Answers from an Expert
I. Is Bloodless Medicine For Me?
Step 1: Introduction to the bloodless approach
Step 2: The components of blood
Step 3: Why people choose bloodless medicine
Step 4: Benefits and risks
II. Undergoing Bloodless Surgery
Step 5: Surgeries that can use bloodless methods
Step 6: Preparing for bloodless surgery
Step 7: Strategies and techniques during surgery
Step 8: Post-surgery

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Review Date: 5/10/2007

Reviewed By: Corey Cutler, M.D., M.P.H., F.R.C.P.C, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.


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