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blood donation before surgery
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blood donation before surgery


  I would like to store my own blood before my aorotic valve replacement surgery.  How long before surgery or how soon before surgery can this be done?  How much is needed?  Where can this normally be done?
  Thanks for your assistance.
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Dear E. Swedberg, thank you for your question.  As you can see from the two
responses your question has already received, directed donation of blood products
can be done before cardiac surgery but needs to be closely coordinated with
the surgeon, hospital, and local blood bank.  Most commonly, 2-4 units are
donated from 4-6 weeks before surgery and patients take iron supplements during
this time to help replenish the lost blood prior to surgery.  To do this, you
would have to contact your local blood bank to get started and check with your
surgeon about how to coordinate this with the hospital where you will be having
your surgery.  I hope this information helps.
Information provided in the heart forum is for general purposes only.  Specific
diagnoses and therapies can only be provided by your physician.





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