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Minimizing Blood Loss Before, During and After Surgery or Treatment

Mercy Bloodless Surgery offers an advanced way of providing medical care that uses state-of-the-art techniques to minimize your blood loss before, during and after surgery, including bloodless, minimally invasive heart surgery. Blood conservation and bloodless medicine methods can also be used to manage anemia related to medical conditions.

This sophisticated approach permits experienced doctors and surgeons to care for you without using blood products because you retain enough of your own blood.

Blood Conservation and Bloodless Surgery Since 2001

Blood conservation / bloodless medicine began years ago in response to concerns about the safety of the nation’s blood supply. Now this approach is an accepted modern medical practice that also speeds healing and the recovery process.

After recognizing the potential health benefits of blood conservation, Mercy began a blood conservation program in 2001. Mercy’s program enables physicians, nurses, therapists and technicians to combine their expertise and experience in an environment that completely supports the bloodless approach.

If you choose blood conservation, all caregivers involved in your care — from the admitting office to the nursing units, laboratory and operating room — are aware of your choice to pursue bloodless medical techniques. With this integrated approach, you can rest assured that we are committed to your choice of care.

Mercy’s Blood Conservation Techniques and Equipment

Bloodless Surgery and Medicine, Mercy Medical Center, Canton, OhioAdvanced Cell Saver System

This sophisticated system carefully conserves and recirculates blood that might otherwise be lost during surgery.

Meticulous Surgery Techniques

Painstaking attention is paid to minimize blood loss at all times.

Electrocautery – Electrosurgical Coagulator / Argon Laser / Harmonic Scalpel

We use energy to stop bleeding from vessels during surgery.

Robotic Surgery

Minimally invasive surgical techniques greatly reduce blood loss.

Pulse Oximetry Monitoring

This device tracks oxygen levels in the blood during surgery (and at any other time necessary), with a non-invasive skin monitor to allow maximization of oxygen in the blood.

Synthetic Erythropoietin

This hormone stimulates the patient’s bone marrow to produce more red blood cells and may be used to boost the patient’s hemoglobin level before surgery.

Intravenous Iron / Oral Iron

Vitamins and nutritional supplements are used in conjunction with intravenous iron and oral iron in perioperative or anemic patients to build red blood cells that carry oxygen to vital tissue. This may take one to four weeks and requires multiple visits to the clinic.

Hemostatic Agents

Synthetic agents are used during surgery to minimize blood loss.

Volume Expanders

The use of these intravenous fluids dilutes the blood and helps maintain adequate blood pressure.


Very small amounts of blood are taken for testing, rather than the larger quantities routinely drawn.