Avoiding Blood Transfusions or Other Blood Products During Surgery

Blood conservation measures are routinely used for all major spinal surgeries for children and adolescents at Penn State Health.

Blood conservation in spine surgery uses methods to limit blood loss during the procedure, so your child does not need a transfusion. Conservation reduces the need to rely on donated blood.

The benefits of blood conservation in surgery for a child include:

  • Avoidance of potential immune response to transfusion

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook

Your child may need spine surgery for the following symptoms and conditions:

During preoperative evaluation for spine surgery, your doctor will collect your child's medical history and do a physical exam. Your child may also have X-rays, CT scan and MRI.

During spine surgery, we use surgical techniques and special equipment to minimize loss of blood. We may collect, filter, clean and return blood lost during the procedure to your child using Cell Saver technology. Medication such as Tranexamic Acid (TXA) is typically administered during major procedures.

After surgery, we manage fluids and minimize blood draws to reduce blood loss. Your child may have an easier and faster recovery because of blood conservation.

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Our team of pediatric scoliosis experts at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital will monitor your child’s spine development every four to six months. If your child’s spine curvature worsens, our experts may recommend a custom brace to prevent further curve progression. In severe cases, surgery may be an effective treatment option for your child.

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