Blood Management Options
If you have anemia and are planning to undergo surgery, it is important to be aware of your options regarding blood management. Since some types of surgery can result in significant blood loss, understanding blood management options will help you prepare for surgery and recovery.
Blood transfusion is one option. A blood transfusion is a medical procedure that can be used to replace blood that is lost during your surgery. There are two types of blood transfusions, depending on where the blood that is being transfused came from. An allogeneic blood transfusion uses blood from a donor who has the same or a compatible blood type as you. An autologous blood transfusion uses your own blood, which is drawn before surgery and set aside in the blood bank for use during or after your surgery.
According to American Association of Blood Banks, today's supply of blood is as safe as it has ever been. Only your doctor can advise if a blood transfusion is appropriate for you.
If you are anemic (have a low red blood cell count), you may be offered treatment with iron or PROCRIT® plus iron in the weeks before your surgery, and the amount of hemoglobin in your blood may be increased enough to reduce the need for a transfusion. PROCRIT® is used for certain types of surgery for patients with anemia who are unwilling or unable to donate their own blood.
Your doctor will determine the best blood management option for you before your surgery.