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I am thinking of banking my own blood weeks before the surgery... But curious did anyone need blood during surgery? May not even be needed.

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My surgeon brought up this issue in the pre-op class and laughed. His attitude was that he is a skilled surgeon with a room full of high-tech equipment and a full staff. Stopping bleeding is what they do.

So, no, I didn't need blood. And, I have never heard anyone on these boards talk about needing it either.

If in doubt, definitely talk to your surgeon about your fears,

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There is VERY little blood loss with this type of surgery. The only bleeding at all comes from suturing over the staple line which some surgeons do as an additional guard against leaks. You can watch videos of the surgery online to see what I mean. There is hardly any blood loss at all from the punctures they use to insert the instruments.

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Unless your surgeon has a major screw up there should be almost no blood loss. Everything is cauterized as it's cut except your skin incisions.

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Good to know but will ask...cause well you know...murphys law!

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