Options for Jehovah’s Witnesses

Bloodless Options for Jehovah’s Witnesses

Bloodless options make Jehovah’s Witness heart surgery possible. Dr. Ciuffo’s minimally invasive techniques aren’t just safer, they respect your religious views. Heart issues requiring surgery can sound like a death sentence to a Jehovah’s Witness. Fortunately, bloodless options are available that do not require you to accept blood transfusions. Not only are these options beneficial to the immune system, they adhere to the beliefs held by many faithful people from around the world. 

Religious Views

Jehovah’s Witnesses and others do not believe in accepting blood transfusions during surgery. This can pose a real problem for a surgeon, but Dr. Ciuffo has found ways to mitigate the need for additional blood during surgery. Blood transfusions can cause a shock to the already weakened system. Avoiding transfusions is beneficial to the immune system as well as respectful of religious views.

Bloodless Options

There are several bloodless options for heart surgery. Some of the techniques Dr. Ciuffo uses include:

Bloodless heart Surgery

  • Extra corporeal circulation– a technique which keeps the blood in circulation at all times.
  • Beating heart surgery – this technique helps stop bleeding after surgery.
  • Blood salvage– By collecting, filtering, and reusing the patient’s own blood, the need for a transfusion is eliminated.
  • Cell saving, recycling and rinsing – contributes to saving the patient’s blood
  • Synthetic topical hemostatic products– are not derived from blood and help control bleeding during surgery
  • Hypervolemic hemodilution– dilutes the blood supply during surgery
  • Hypotensive anesthesia– reduces bleeding during surgery
  • Intra-operative electro-cautery– minimizes blood loss during the surgery itself.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Heart Surgery

For Jehovah’s Witnesses heart surgery can present some unique challenges. Dr. Ciuffo understands and respects the challenges, and is willing to work with you to preserve both your religious beliefs and your health. While all physicians are in the business of saving lives, Dr. Ciuffo goes the extra mile to respect his patient’s religious views as well.

A picture of Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD wearing his Mercy One doctor attire.

About the Author

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Director is an expert in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is the outcome of his commitment to the development and improvement of both of these techniques. He runs a Cardiothoracic Surgery practice and manages Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program where he cares for patients from all over the country and locally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ciuffo.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery