Bloodless Medicine & Surgery | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

Transfusion-Free Medicine & Surgery

Also known as Bloodless Medicine, trust PIH Health to respect your choice to avoid blood transfusions. Ask us for help selecting doctors who’ll work with you to create a care plan you’re comfortable with.

Transfusion-Free Medical Care

Get high-quality healthcare without receiving donated blood or blood products. PIH Health offers a wide range transfusion-free services, including:

Preparing for Bloodless Surgery

High-quality transfusion-free surgery begins with a comprehensive evaluation. To create an individualized plan to manage your bleeding, your doctor will:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Physically examine you
  • Conduct screening tests

Rely on your doctor to collaborate with other members of your surgical team to support a smooth, successful transfusion-free treatment.

Transfusion-Free Techniques

PIH Health doctors use a variety of approaches to keep you safe while avoiding a blood transfusion. Your care may include:

  • Controlled hemodilution/ultrafiltration techniques to remove excess water
  • Efficient, gentle methods of intraoperative blood salvage
  • Erythropoietin (EPO), iron and other medications to stimulate red blood cell production before surgery
  • Medicines or use of an Argon Beam Coagulator to accelerate blood clotting
  • Minimally invasive interventions to reduce procedural blood loss
  • Recirculation of blood
  • Sutures and electrocautery to control bleeding
  • Volume expanders or intravenous fluids to improve circulation

Benefits of Transfusion-Free Care

When you’re treated with transfusion-free techniques, you benefit from:

  • Increased blood cell growth when using targeted medicine during cancer treatment
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Lower risk of exposure to viruses such as hepatitis and HIV
  • Support for the natural immune system

Comprehensive Support for Patients & Families

Access a wide range of support and services including:

  • Referrals to specialists in transfusion-free medicine
  • Anemia management and treatment
  • Making arrangements for people coming from out-of-town for care
  • Insurance authorization assistance
  • Education and support
  • Evaluation before surgery to determine the most appropriate alternative to blood transfusion
  • Care coordination following surgery
  • Program coordinator and facilitator