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Hi Post-Opers, I was wondering if you could give me any info on who has had to have a blood transfusion during surgery, and how much blood( pints did you get. I'm debating if I should make the 1.5 he drive to donate my own blood - just in case. I just wasn't sure how often blood transfusions occur with this surgery. I'm only going to be able to do 1 pint, so I'm also not sure it's even worth it. Thanks for any info you have on this.

Sara

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There is minimal blood loss, but everyone is different.

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No blood transfusions here.

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They are giving you this option? Where are you having this done? I would ask the Dr how often they have had to do transfusions ... that would be the real barometer.

I have never heard of doing a transfusion, but if there are complications ... have you had issues with previous surgeries?

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No transfusion here!

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I had to have two blood transfusions during the hospital stay after my vsg (patients are normally released the next day - I had surgery on a Monday and came home on Friday). My hematocrit dropped to 18 (normal red blood ct for women is in 36-45% range) so they assumed there was internal bleeding.

I had to wait it out a bit for it to climb until they released me. Initially there was talk of going back in to find out where the bleeding was happening - I am glad I did not have to go through that one. I did finally get to find out my blood type (type O negative - universal donor and a good band haha) which I had never known. I had 2 pints over 2 days.

I cant imagine you would need to give blood unless maybe you have a rare blood type - this is the situation with my mom (B negative) - the blood bank calls her once a week I think lol.

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Btw, surgeon's office not pushing it at all. I found the info in my "pre-op binder" and started asking questions and just trying to set myself up for success. However, I'm thinking I might pass;)--needles=yuck!

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I would do it if you have time. It's a good precaution and if not used then you donated blood for someone who might ... Win/Win

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I was given 3 pints, sorry realized old post

Edited by 3girls+2hd1977

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Hi Post-Opers, I was wondering if you could give me any info on who has had to have a blood transfusion during surgery, and how much blood( pints did you get. I'm debating if I should make the 1.5 he drive to donate my own blood - just in case. I just wasn't sure how often blood transfusions occur with this surgery. I'm only going to be able to do 1 pint, so I'm also not sure it's even worth it. Thanks for any info you have on this.
Sara
My friend needed a blood transfusion tho he had a hernia repair at the same time. I think its rare to need a transfusion, typically.

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It's unusual, and the blood bank supply is extraordinarily safe. I wouldn't bother.

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I didn't even have any blood in my. Post Surgical stool, was cer5sin it COULDN'T be that bloodless but it is! 😛

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