Reducing Blood Loss
In some operations, blood loss is more significant, to the point where a blood transfusion may be necessary
In most operations, there is some blood loss. In most cases, bleeding is not significant, but there are a few cases where blood loss is more significant, to the point where a blood transfusion may be necessary. An example of this is bilateral knee arthroplasty, where both knees are replaced in one day. Reduction of intra-operative bleeding can and should be done. This is where bloodless surgical techniques are helpful.
HemaClear® removes 95% of the blood from the limb and effectively blocks the return of blood. The pneumatic tourniquet with Esmarch Bandage only removes 67% of the blood. It has been shown in several published scientific studies that intra-operative and overall blood loss during knee operations are substantially reduced when the HemaClear® is used.
You may discuss with your surgeon or the PA, best ways to reduce blood loss during your operation, including the use of HemaClear®.