Taking You Well Into The Future


Bloodless Surgery

AtlantiCare is one of about 50 U.S. hospitals that practices bloodless medicine and surgery as an alternative to transfusion.   

What is Bloodless Surgery?

  • A form of medical care that reduces and often eliminates the need for a blood transfusion.
  • An acceptable solution for patients whose religion forbids blood transfusions.


  • Since the blood being transfused is yours, you know its safe
  • One visit to the hospital to donate your own blood is all it takes
  • You decrease and often eliminate the need for a blood transfusion
  • Your oxygen carrying capacity is increased by increasing your hemoglobin level and iron stores

Two medications are used in the bloodless medicine and surgery program:

  • Venofer - an iron sucrose given by IV which bypasses the gut, avoiding diarrhea or constipation
  • Epogen - a synthetic hormone similar to the hormone released by your kidneys; given by injection

Why Opt for Bloodless Surgery?

  • The longer blood is stored, the less potent it is, so it’s benefit to you diminishes
  • The significant decrease in the number of blood donors makes blood for transfusions less and less available, and more and more expensive
  • Not only is the cost of blood transfusions high and climbing, but there are administrative add-on costs over and above the cost of blood
  • You may refuse a blood transfusion for religious reasons
  • You may suffer a negative reaction to a blood transfusio
  • when someone else’s blood is used, there’s an increased risk of infection

Bloodless surgery helps with

  • tissue repair
  • new bone cell formation
  • boosting your immune system

It’s used in both invasive and non-invasive medicine and surgery.


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