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Unread 02-25-2002, 05:49 PM
Blood during Surgery

I have to agree with Lyra470 here. Most experienced surgeons realize that although they may be skilled, they are not clairvoyant nor are they omnipotent! It's just good common sense to have a plan in place in case of the unexpected.

If your doctor thinks it won't be necessary, then you go with what makes you most comfortable. It's a personal decision.

All I can tell you is that my doctor is the head of OB/GYN surgical services at one of the biggest hospitals in the New York metro area, and he thought it was a great idea when I suggested it. Turned out we needed it, and I was glad it was there.

If you don't want to do it, then don't!! Interesting that your surgeon took it personally....

Bottom line...if you want to bank your blood and you can do it, then do it. If not, don't. It's your time and your blood.

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Unread 02-27-2002, 06:07 PM
Blood during Surgery

Hi Rox,

I'm doing autologous (own blood) donations. Tranfusions are rarely needed for hyst. My surgeon had never arranged for one but I insisted and did the footwork myself. I'm scheduled to give 2 units, starting 2 weeks prior to surgery, and then a week before. I'm already taking plenty of iron supplements and will continue over the next couple of weeks. The program will put you on heavy duty iron after your first visit which includes a blood workup. This was set up through the Canadian Blood Service. You will probably need to contact the American Red Cross if your physician isn't familiar with the program.

Good luck and I hope you won't need a transfusion!

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