Bloodless medicine, or bloodless surgery is a type of medical practice at Penn in Philadelphia that uses no blood products or transfusions during surgery.

Bloodless medicine and bloodless surgery began as methods to address the medical needs of patients who did not wish to receive blood products or blood transfusions during medical care.

There are blood transfusion alternatives, and practices that use no blood for elective or non-emergency surgery or as a result of traumatic injuries. Pennsylvania Hospital's medical and clinical team provides comprehensive "no blood" recommendations before, during and after treatment using innovative approaches that include: 

  • Preparing for Surgery

    Before having bloodless surgery, practice these guidelines and strategies to prepare your body.

  • Medications

    A list of medications that may help prepare the body for bloodless surgery or can help the body prepare for alternatives to blood transfusions.

  • Anesthesia Techniques

    Penn Medicine’s Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery’s medical team is experienced in preparing patients for no blood procedures, as well as performing techniques during bloodless surgery that maximize outcomes and minimize blood loss.

  • Surgical Methods

    Surgeons at the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital may implement advanced or minimally invasive surgical approaches to minimize blood loss or to conserve blood during bloodless surgery.

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