Southwest Healthcare System offers several transfusion-free procedures, including:
Cancer treatment surgery
Gynecological and urological surgeries
Neurosurgery (neuro spine)
Orthopedic surgery, including total hip and knee replacement
ObstetricsWhen necessary, we can refer patients to tertiary facilities for transfusion-free alternatives for the following procedures:
Neonatal and pediatric surgeries
Neurosurgery including Gamma Knife
Open heart surgery
Transplant surgeryTransfusion-free medicine was first used in the 1960s but gained more widespread use in the 1970s as doctors began to look for ways to reduce the spread of hepatitis and other diseases. The advent of HIV/AIDS and other bloodborne diseases in the 1990s has led to increased interest and development in this medical technique.
Doctors can perform many procedures , from routine tonsillectomies to complex orthopedic, transplant and open-heart surgeries , using specialized equipment and techniques that minimize blood loss and virtually eliminate the need for transfusion.
While risks are always present with any medical procedure, transfusion-free surgery may help eliminate the possibility of bloodborne pathogens and reduce the risk of infection that exists with transfusions.
Surgeons typically use one or more of the following techniques to complete transfusion-free surgery:
Filter the patient's blood and return it to the body in a continuous circuit during surgery. Surgical instruments that cauterize to stop bleeding rather than use traditional scalpels. Medicines to increase red blood cell production and to encourage clotting during surgery. Blood-dilution therapies during surgery.
Lower the patient's blood pressure and body temperature during surgery to reduce bleeding. For many years, people with religious objections to blood transfusions have been the primary recipients of transfusion-free medicine. But as more people become concerned about the threat of bloodborne infections, such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis, they are becoming interested in the therapy.
If you want to learn more about transfusion-free medicine at Southwest Healthcare System, call our Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery Program at 1-877-9NO-BLOOD (1-877-966-2566). We'll help you learn more about this type of medicine and we will put you in touch with health professionals who can provide the care you need.
Call us even if you are not planning surgery or a procedure. We'll answer your questions, discuss your wishes for future care and help you plan ahead for emergency situations.
Our Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery Program is committed to providing our patients with high quality care while we support their choices in every way possible. Our program coordinators get to know each patient and are available 24 hours per day to provide assistance to patients and their families throughout their hospital stay.
If you choose to have a transfusion-free procedure, be sure to notify your physician before you are admitted to the hospital.
"Bloodless" means medical or surgical treatment without the use of banked (stored) allogenic blood or major blood components. Blood loss often occurs during surgery.
A bloodless program works to minimize blood loss by using special blood conservation methods. Transfusion-free medicine may not be appropriate for all patients and/or procedures.
Is there a hospital support network? Our commitment to transfusion-free medicine is to provide quality care while supporting our patients' choices in every way possible. Hospital program coordinators get to know each of our patients personally and are available to them 24 hours a day. Our coordinators are here to help patients and their families, providing assistance throughout their hospital stay, from referral to a qualified physician to discharge from the hospital.
Is transfusion-free medicine safe? There are risks associated with any medical procedure. However, transfusion-free medicine may eliminate the possibility of transmission of bloodborne pathogens and reduce the risk of infection that exists with transfusions.
What's the next step? To learn more about transfusion-free medicine, call us toll free at:
If you choose the transfusion-free alternative, please notify your physician before hospital admission. – less–ZoomInfo