When I had my fusion in 1993 I did a pre-op autologous blood donation (where I gave my own blood and it was kept for use during my surgery - if it was needed). I can't recall if they actually used it nor not. What I do remember is that surgery scheduling was dependent on getting the autologous donation done and giving the body a month to build the blood supply back up.
Fast forward to 2009 and I'm anticipating a 360 fusion L3-S1 later this year. Have any of you done an autologous donation for fusion surgery? I wanted to see if this practice had gone away. I know cell saver machines are now used (and were in '93 also so that might be all I used) and maybe that's enough in most cases?
2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos