The Lowdown on Low Back Pain
(and Other Aches)


What is bloodless surgery?

Bloodless surgery refers to operations done without the need for a blood transfusion. Almost all spine operations can be done in a bloodless fashion by experienced surgeons. To reduce the need for transfusion, minimally invasive techniques are used. Care is taken to avoid the loss of blood. The time of the procedure is kept short. Finally, a device called a cell-saver can be used. A cell saver is a machine that recovers lost blood, washes it, and then returns it to the body. The use of cell savers is endorsed by the elders of the Jehovah's witness faith.



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