San Diego Bloodless Medicine
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At Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, we offer surgery options using bloodless techniques and procedures. Our Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Center is open to patients who, for religious or personal reasons, wish to avoid the use of blood transfusions during surgery.
Our comprehensive bloodless medical center is the only one of its kind in San Diego County — and one of only 132 hospitals in the U.S. to offer such services. Since 2003, we have successfully cared for more than 2,000 patients with blood conservation techniques.
Medical Director Dr. Hugo Barrera performs more than 90 percent of all surgeries without blood transfusions. By using progressive techniques to minimize blood loss, Dr. Barrera and our team of highly skilled specialists are able to retain an ample supply of the patient's own blood, eliminating the need for donor blood.
We are committed to meeting the special and personal needs of all patients. Sharp's bloodless surgery procedures range from routine appendectomies to complex orthopedic and open-heart surgeries. Bloodless therapies applied include:
- Filtering and recirculating your own blood using a cell-saver machine
- Operating laparoscopically to reduce incision sizes
- Stimulating blood-cell production through the use of certain pharmaceuticals
- Using electrocautery and other tools to reduce blood loss
- Enhancing blood circulation using volume expanders
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