Blood Conservation

Blood Conservation

Surgery Without Blood Transfusion, Bloodless Surgery

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The Duke Center for Blood Conservation offers bloodless surgery, also known as "patient blood management," as an option to patients who seek safe alternatives to blood transfusion because of religious, medical, or personal concerns. Our safe and effective transfusion-free techniques, used during surgeries and medical procedures, limit or eliminate the need for blood products. 

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Avoiding the Need for Blood Products

More and more, people are seeking safe, effective alternatives to blood transfusion when they require surgery or other types of medical care. We respect your views and offer innovative treatment options that minimize blood loss and help you safely avoid the need for blood products such as red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. 

Research shows that bloodless procedures can reduce contamination, lower your risk for infection, shorten your hospital stay, and help you recover faster. 

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Why Choose Duke

Access to Clinical Trials
Our doctors participate in numerous clinical trials aimed at improving treatments options for people who request bloodless surgery. You may have the opportunity to participate in our ongoing clinical trials to test these approaches before they become widely available.

Support for Your Decisions
You meet individually with our team of doctors, nurses, and staff to discuss your bloodless medical and surgical options. We help you choose an approach that's right for you.

Innovative Techniques
Our experts use a variety of techniques to eliminate the need for blood transfusion. They include:

  • Argon beam, which coagulates blood at the bleeding site during surgery
  • Cell saver, which cleans and recirculates your own blood continually during surgery
  • Electro-cauterization, which uses heat to stop vessels from bleeding
  • Harmonic scalpel, which uses mechanical energy to coagulate blood and cut tissue

We also use hemodilution to increase the fluid content of blood, and erythropoietin to stimulate bone marrow to produce more red blood cells.

Commitment to Safety and Satisfaction
Our bloodless surgery program has been carefully designed to comply with our hospital policies, guidelines, and protocols. We are committed to your safety and satisfaction in every aspect of the care we provide.

Special Expertise
Bloodless medical procedures require special expertise, precise monitoring, the latest equipment, and innovative techniques. Our highly skilled team of experts offers you the latest advances.

Complex Surgical Care
We work closely with Duke surgeons in orthopaedics, neurosurgery, cardiology, cancer, and other specialties. They are highly trained and expertly prepared to use bloodless techniques during complex surgical cases.

Pre-Anemia Surgical Referrals
You may be referred to our program to reduce your risk for developing anemia after surgery.

Pre-Operative Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about bloodless surgery at Duke University Hospital, call the Center for Blood Conservation at 919-668-2467 to complete a pre-operative consultation. The doctors linked to this page are just a few of those with particular experience and interest in blood conservation techniques. Blood Conservation staff are also able to help you to find an appropriate specialist to care for your needs.

Consistently Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals
In addition to being one of the best in the country, Duke University Hospital is proud to be nationally ranked in 11 adult and nine pediatric specialties.