Treatments for anemia prior to certain surgeries may include iron, vitamin B12, blood transfusions, and/or erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs).
A blood transfusion is a procedure in which blood is given to you through an intravenous (IV) line. Blood transfusions can treat anemia, when the body cannot make enough blood properly. Your doctor will determine if a blood transfusion is needed.
ESAs are a class of drugs that stimulate the bone marrow to make more red blood cells. PROCRIT®, an ESA, may be used in the treatment of anemia to reduce the need for blood transfusion in patients undergoing certain types of surgery when patients are unwilling or unable to donate their own blood.