Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Participating Specialties

For More Information

For more information about bloodless surgery at Houston Methodist, you or your physician can contact:

Jessica Varisco
Coordinator of Blood Conservation & Management Program


Houston Methodist Hospital
Office: 713-441-2177
Fax: 713-790-2895
Email: jlvarisco@houstonmethodist.org

Bloodless Surgery Procedures & Specialties

The bloodless surgery procedures & specialties used in the Houston Methodist bloodless surgery make it possible to safely perform some of our most complex surgeries with minimum blood loss and no blood transfusions.

Houston Methodist offers bloodless surgeries across a wide range of specialties, incorporating proven bloodless strategies and techniques based on the most current research, evidence and outcomes.

Specialties offering bloodless surgeries include:


Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

  • Minimally invasive techniques such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) require only very small incisions in the side of the chest, which lets us minimize the amount of blood lost during surgery.
  • Interventional catheter-based therapies allow us to repair or replace narrowed heart valves through a catheter inserted into the arm or groin, eliminating the need for an incision and allowing minimum blood loss.

Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center

  • Kidney transplant surgeons use the latest in minimally invasive techniques, including laparoendoscopic single site surgery. This technique allows the donor kidney to be removed through a single small incision, which minimizes blood loss and results in an extremely low risk of transfusion.
  • Special surgical techniques have allowed Houston Methodist doctors to perform lung transplants with minimal blood loss since 2009. These modalities include precise surgical technique, acute normovolemic hemodilution, intra-operative cell salvage and low prime cardiopulmonary bypass circuits.

Gynecological Surgery

  • Laparoscopic and robotic techniques allow us to perform hysterectomy, myomectomy and other gynecological surgeries with minimal blood loss.
  • Injecting lidocaine and a dilution of epinephrine at the incision site causes the blood vessels to constrict so that less bleeding occurs.
  • Using electrocautery (applying intense heat to seal blood vessels) allows us to stop bleeding as soon as it becomes visible.

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Advances in arthroscopy allows doctors to repair damage in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle in a way that minimizes blood loss.
  • Doctors can relieve disc herniation or nerve root impingement through lumbar microdiscectomy/laminiectomy, a minimally invasive surgery involving a very small incision in the back.
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release allows doctors to repair carpal tunnel through a single, tiny incision in the wrist.
  • To stabilize unstable joints, percutaneous pinning can be used to hold the bones in proper position while they heal, making surgery unnecessary.

Urology

  • The extensive use of robotic surgery in nearly all aspects of surgical urology (prostate, kidney, bladder and ureters) for the treatment of both cancer and urinary tract reconstruction has reduced surgical blood loss and the risk of
    transfusion.
  • The use of new technologies such as bipolar energy and laser energy in the management of prostate diseases can significantly decrease blood loss compared to traditional techniques.
  • There is a strong emphasis on all forms of minimally invasive techniques, such as percutaneous and endoscopic procedures to minimize surgical trauma.