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Bloodless Orthopedic Surgery
While the majority of orthopedic surgeries are done on an outpatient basis, do not have significant blood loss during surgery and thus do not require blood transfusions, some procedures, such as hip and knee replacement and certain spine surgeries can produce a level of blood loss that may require transfusion.
Many patients, for religious reasons or because of concerns about the risks of blood transfusion, such as allergy, disease transmission and adverse reaction, choose a hospital that offers “bloodless”surgical options (no transfusion of blood products) when they need surgery.
Beth Israel Medical Center and its department of orthopedic surgery has been a pioneer in offering bloodless surgery techniques to its patients. Beth Israel is one of a very few hospitals its size with a formal blood management program in New York State, and has vast expertise in bloodless health care. Because of their expertise in performing bloodless surgery safely, the orthopedic surgeons at Beth Israel have treated bloodless patients from all over the world. At all times, we respect the wishes of our patients who decline blood transfusion as part of their treatment, while still maintaining the highest quality surgical care.
The department of orthopedic surgery employs numerous strategies before, during and after surgery to minimize blood loss and diminish or completely avoid the need for blood products.
If you would like more information about the use of bloodless techniques for your upcoming orthopedic surgery, talk to your surgeon about your options. If you are a Jehovah's Witness and would like a consultation on our bloodless surgery techniques at Beth Israel, please call Sandra Gilmore, Director of the Center for Blood Management, Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at (212) 420-2430.
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