Bloodless Medicine & Surgery

Emerging specialty expands surgical options

As one of the most comprehensive medical centers in Orange County, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center offers bloodless medicine and surgery for many types of procedures. Bloodless medicine is a specialty approach for people who want to avoid using donated blood because of religious beliefs or medical concerns. While the nation's blood supply is very safe today, there are always some risks of adverse reaction to transfusions. 

What is bloodless medicine? 

Blood loss often occurs during surgery and is replaced with banked blood from donors with the same blood type. Bloodless medical or surgical treatment minimizes blood loss, using methods that conserve blood and by using substitutes in place of blood. 

What procedures can involve bloodless techniques? 

Many elective and emergency surgeries can be performed without blood transfusions. In fact, many techniques developed for patients who needed bloodless surgery for religious reasons have been incorporated into standard hospital procedures for all patients. To protect children from the risks of blood transfusions, bloodless medicine and surgery is also available for pediatric specialties that may include newborn care, intensive care, surgery and cancer treatment.   

Many medical and surgical procedures at Fountain Valley may be performed using bloodless techniques, such as:

  • Open-heart surgery
  • Cancer treatment
  • Stereotactic neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Neonatal and pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric cancer treatment
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • General surgery
  • Obstetrical care
  • Urologic surgery

 To learn more about bloodless medicine and surgery at Fountain Valley, call (855) 226-3744.