Strategies to Minimize Blood Loss 




Before Surgery

  • Synthetic Erythropoietin – a hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells.
  • Iron, B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin C – supplements that help with the formation of red blood cells.
  • Medications – discuss all medications you are taking with your doctor as some can increase your risk of bleeding during surgery.

During Surgery

  • Discuss options with your doctor regarding intraoperative blood cell recovery and reinfusion, volume expanders, hemostatic drug therapy, hemodilution, platelet rich plasma, electrocautery, and thrombin and adhesives.
  • Meticulous surgical techniques and minimally invasive surgery will also reduce blood loss.

After Surgery

  • Minimal blood draws – reducing the number of lab draws after surgery can reduce the risk of anemia.
  • Postoperative Blood Cell Recovery and Reinfusion – the process of returning blood lost during surgery to the patient after being properly processed.
  • Erythropoietin and Iron – refer to Before Surgery section.