Speak up! Let your doctor know ahead of time if you do not wish to receive blood or if you have concerns about receiving a blood transfusion.
Have your doctor explain the alternatives to a blood transfusion so you can make an informed choice that is right for you.
Be prepared. If you are planning to have a high-blood-loss surgery, ask your doctor these questions. For best results talk to your doctor three or four weeks before your surgery date.
What are my chances of having to receive a blood transfusion with the surgery you are planning and why?
What is my hemoglobin level? Know your number. A level of 13g/dL or higher is recommended prior to a high-blood-loss surgery. If you are anemic (hemoglobin less than 13g/dL), ask your doctor to check your iron levels for iron deficiency anemia.
What can I do before surgery to reduce my chances of getting a blood transfusion”
What treatment options are available for me to avoid transfusion?
Will I need iron therapy, vitamins, or other medications to increase my blood count to prepare for this surgery?
If I do need a transfusion, what are the risks and how will it affect my recovery?
For more information contact the BMH Blood Conservation Coordinator at 843-522-5293 or email email@example.com.