The physicians at Center for Orthopaedics are trained in the latest techniques for orthopaedic surgery that improve patient outcomes. With any surgery, there is a risk for blood loss both during and after the surgery. In some orthopaedic procedures, such as joint replacement surgery, the potential for blood loss is greater.
Blood is a major component in your body, it transports oxygen, found in red blood cells, and other things necessary for life to all of your major organs. When there is too much bleeding, or not enough blood, there is a reduction in red blood cells. This condition is called anemia. You can become anemic from blood loss during surgery. After the surgery, you can also bleed internally where the procedure was. This internal bleeding can cause swelling and pain, which may delay how quickly you heal and recover.
If you have too much bleeding during or after your surgery, or if you become anemic, you may need a blood transfusion. Although blood transfusions are common, they may lengthen your hospital stay and your overall recovery time.
Reducing blood loss during surgery decreases the chance of needing a blood transfusion after the surgery. It also may reduce symptoms such as pain and swelling around the surgical site. Center for Orthopaedics physicians use Aquamantys in some procedures to help reduce blood loss and the need for transfusions after surgery. To learn more, visit salientsurgical.com or speak with your CFO physician.