Anyway, we had not asked for a bloodless surgery. They just did it. I was very surprised. When I had my hysterectomy, I got a transfusion of my own blood that I'd donated a few days before the surgery. But even though I could have used more blood probably, they didn't ask to give me any. When I had my gall bladder out, no blood again. And when I had my double mastectomy, there was no talk of a transfusion.
These were all different doctors, different hospitals.
I do believe though, because of what happened with my husband later that doctors sometimes just want to pad the bill by selling a pint of blood. They did that whole surgery without using blood. He recovered without any blood. He'd lost a lot, but evidently was still within it not being life and death. He then was told he could go home. But first they wanted to give him a blood transfusion. What??? Why? The doctors who talked to us never had a good reason. I asked if he was bleeding or if something else was wrong. I was alarmed. The doctor's only response was that my husband was recovering very well, his blood was building back up exactly as it was supposed to, but he'd feel a bit stronger if he had a transfusion. We were not JWs anymore, my husband never was a JW anyway. He didn't want a transfusion. He was healing and could feel himself improving. There was no valid reason for one. It wasn't even offered to improve his health, etc.
That doctor, man alive. My daughter and I (she was not JW either) went toe to toe with him. He walked out furious. If it wasn't about money, then it must have been about his ego. Go figure. A nurse came in. He best reasoning for a transfusion was this, "He is very unlikely to get AIDS from a transfusion now. He's more likelly to get Hepititis C." WHAT? First, we hadn't even said anything about Aids or hepititis. She made us all want to get in line for a transfusion. LOL
Then another doctor came in, took our word for it that we didn't want a transfusion, then told a joke and slapped his own leg laughing at his own joke and left the room laughing loudly all the way down the hall.
Anyway, the point is, and awful lot of the fight over bloodless surgery may be unnecessary anyway. They aren't doing as many as they used to, it seems to me.