Blood transfusions for heart surgery: Less necessary than in the past
Cardiac surgeons can take steps to avoid the need for a transfusion.
If you or a loved one is facing open-heart surgery, you may well wonder whether a blood transfusion will be necessary. Compared with a decade ago, blood transfusions are now far less common during or after heart surgery. That's partly due to improved techniques, as well as a better understanding of the potential risks versus the benefits of receiving banked blood.