Bloodless Limb Surgery
Bloodless limb surgery cuts down on blood-loss and makes it easier for the surgeon to see what s/he is doing
Bloodless limb surgery means the operation is performed without bleeding (image right). It is achieved by:
- Shifting blood from the limb into the rest of the body (called “exsanguination”)
- Blocking the re-entry of blood into the limb (tourniquet).
Bloodless limb surgery cuts down blood-loss and makes it easier for the surgeon to see what s/he is doing. It also reduces the need for tying or burning bleeding blood vessels during surgery. This shortens the procedure’s duration.