Can Hypervolemic hemodilution be used as an alternative to a blood transfusion, Cell Saver, or Normovolemic Hemodilution in spinal fusion surgery?
I am a Jehovahs Witness and the cell saver and normovolemic hemodilution are conscience matters for us, and my personal conscience does not feel comfortable with the cell saver or normovolemic hemodilution.
However I have basilar invagination and may have to undergo a complete fusion of my cervicle spine, so can hypervolemic hemodilution be used as a safe alternative in this type of surgery?
Has anyone heard of a similar surgery being performed successfully with this technique.
Also am I correct that hypervolemic hemodilution does not withdraw and reinfuse any of my blood, but only adds fluid to my blood to dilute it?