Certain larger spinal surgeries will require the replenishment of blood during surgery or shortly thereafter. Patients are encouraged to pre-donate or "bank" their own blood prior to surgery. Often this must be planned for and initiated many weeks ahead of time. If blood transfusion is anticipated for your surgery, your surgeon will most likely recommend this blood banking process.
Most surgeries require donation of two to three units, or "pints" of blood. CCSI’s surgery scheduler will make donation arrangements for you. Blood will be donated at and managed by a Belle Bonfils center of your convenience. To this end, certain forms must be prepared. As a convenience to our patients, these can be retrieved and printed from online. (click here). Fill out the forms and fax to CCSI as well as to Belle Bonfils, or bring them with you to your next visit!