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    Donating Blood?

    Just curious - I'm curious as to how many people have had to donate their own blood before undergoing surgery? Or, did you have another family member who was a match donate for you? I know they filter your blood and reuse your own - but I didn't know if it was best to have someone donate for you just in case? Thanks.

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    Surgeons seem to differ in their requirements. I specifically asked that question of mine and he told me he only uses blood bank.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
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    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Rita, i donated 2 units, my surgeon asked for three, but my levels fell below the benchmark and therefore they crossmatched the third unit from bloodbank.
    I had Cellsaver for my surgery. I lost 1 litre of blood and had 300ml returned to me. The decision for donating my own blood was entirely upto me.
    Vali
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    Blood donation

    My son donated 4 pint and only used 2. The other 2 went to a newborn that needed additional blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wigglesgiggles View Post
    My son donated 4 pint and only used 2. The other 2 went to a newborn that needed additional blood.
    WHAT?

    Autologous blood was redirected?

    Where did this happen?
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    Unhappy wow

    When I had my surgeries, i donated my own blood. After that, I have tried to give blood, but the hospitals will not take it. They said it is contaminated because of my rods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by April View Post
    When I had my surgeries, i donated my own blood. After that, I have tried to give blood, but the hospitals will not take it. They said it is contaminated because of my rods.
    That is very interesting. I had never heard that

    Melissa
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    Both of my surgeons told me that they did not want me to donate my own blood. Both of them used the cell- saver
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

    Right Knee Replacement- Coming Soon !!!!

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    how is one's blood contaminated by rods...?????
    i have never heard of this...
    so people with replacement hips or knees are told the same thing....?

    jess

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