While all patients are monitored closely after surgery, it is especially important to monitor a bloodless surgery patient to prevent anemia, a loss of iron in the blood. You will need to be monitored very closely following your surgery to make sure your blood supply is at the optimal level.

Some techniques used include:

  • Diet Pay special attention to your diet and follow any instructions your doctor gave you regarding the types of food to eat.
  • Homeostatic Agents These are medications that help your blood to clot, minimizing blood loss.
  • Homeostatic Monitoring Your surgical team will closely monitor your blood pressure, temperature and fluid level. If the doctors suspect anemia, they can quickly implement strategies to increase your blood supply.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber This technology may be used to maintain blood oxygen levels. The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This helps your blood carry more oxygen to organs and tissues in your body.
  • Medications – Your doctor may prescribe certain medications to increase blood volume.
  • Microsampling Just like they did before your surgery, your medical team will work to minimize blood loss by using this technique of drawing as little blood as possible for blood tests.
  • Re-infusing Blood If blood was collected before or during surgery, it will be re-infused back into your body.

Learn More about the Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program at MedStar Georgetown:

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Bloodless Medicine Specialists

  • James Malatack, MD, Co-Director
  • Hiep Dao, MD, Co-Director
  • Mike Hofmann, Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program Coordinator
  • Richard Verstraete, RN, Nursing Coordinator

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