Reducing Blood Loss in Knee and Hip Surgery
Bleeding and blood loss are common during all types of surgery. However, studies have shown that orthopaedic procedures in particular – including knee and hip replacements – can cause a very large amount of bleeding.1
Excessive bleeding during surgery can lead to anemia – a reduction in the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body. Anemia can make you feel tired, weak and sluggish. You may also need a blood transfusion to replace the blood that’s been lost. Bleeding after surgery can cause swelling and pain in the area of your joint replacement. It may also delay how quickly you heal, feel better, and get back to your normal routine.2-4
Find a Surgeon
Locate surgeons in your area who use Transcollation® technology from Medtronic Advanced Energy, including those who have reduced their tourniquet usage in knee replacement surgery and/or use the “anterior approach” in hip replacement surgery.
Your surgeon’s ability to control blood loss during your knee or hip replacement is crucial. Medtronic Advanced Energy develops products to help surgeons stop bleeding and reduce blood loss during surgery. As a result, these products may provide you with the following benefits:
- Reduced need for pre-donated blood5
- Reduced need for a blood transfusion, which may result in less risk of infection after surgery6
- Reduced post-operative incidence of hemarthrosis, which may lead to a reduction in pain and swelling7
The Aquamantys® System
The Aquamantys System from Medtronic Advanced Energy uses patented Transcollation® technology, a combination of radio frequency (RF) energy and saline that provides hemostatic sealing of soft tissue and bone during surgery. Hemostatic sealing reduces further blood loss during the procedure.
About Medtronic Advanced Energy
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Medtronic Advanced Energy products help doctors and their OR staff stop bleeding and reduce blood loss during surgery. Our monopolar and bipolar sealers have been used to treat patients across a wide range of surgical procedures, including orthopaedic reconstruction, spine surgery, orthopaedic trauma and surgical oncology. Clinical studies have shown these products to be effective in controlling blood loss during orthopaedic surgery8,9
Aquamantys monopolar and bipolar sealers are not intended for contraceptive tubal coagulation (permanent female sterilization). Click here for a list of product indications, safety information and warnings.
- Callaghan JJ, Spitzer A. Blood management and patient specific transfusion options in total joint replacement surgery. Iowa Orthop J. 2000; 20:36-45.
- Pfeiffer M, Brautigam H et al. A new bipolar blood sealing system embedded in perioperative strategies vs. a conventional regimen for total knee arthroplasty: results of a matched-pair study. German Medical Science 2005; 3:1-5.
- Bierbaum BE, Callaghan JJ et al. An analysis of blood management in patients having a total hip or knee arthroplasty. J Bone & Joint Surg 1999;81-A:1-10.
- Rosenberg AG. Reducing blood loss in total joint surgery with a saline-coupled bipolar sealing technology. J Arthroplasty 2007; 22:82-85
- Marulanda GA, Ulrich SD, Seyler TM et al. Reductions in blood loss with a bipolar sealer in total hip arthroplasty. Expert Rev Med Devices 2008; 5(2):125‐131.
- Marulanda GA, Krebs VE, Bierbaum BE et al. Hemostasis using a bipolar sealer in primary unilateral total knee arthroplasty. Am J Orthop 2009; 38(12):E179‐183.