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Autotransfusion is a medical procedure still unknown among patients in Romania, even if it is one of the procedures that can save your life. Although this procedure has been recommended for 11 years in Romania, too few patients use it, and the reason is: they have simply not heard of its existence.

20% of all surgeries performed in Romania could benefit from autotransfusion instead of classic transfusions.

Autotransfusion-Cell Saver is an important therapy that minimizes blood loss during surgery. It consists of collecting, concentrating, processing, and reinfusing the patient’s blood. Thus, autotransfusion eliminates from the start the possible side effects encountered in classic blood transfusions and helps the patient to have a much faster recovery after surgery.

In other words, Cell Saver therapy involves collecting a quantity of blood from the patient’s body to be operated on and reintroducing this blood into the patient’s body, using autotransfusion.

Autotransfusion is recommended in the following operations with a high risk of bleeding:

General surgery

  • Hemihepatectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Esophagectomy
  • Duodeno-pancreatectomy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Hemicolectomy Splenectomy
  • Other major interventions on the abdomen, pelvis or chest

Cardiac surgery

  • Interventions that require extracorporeal circulation
  • Pericardectomies

Vascular surgery

  • Large vessel surgery
  • Lower limb amputations


  • Osteosynthesis, open repositioning, and osteoplasty of the spine
  • Craniotomy, incision of the meninges, and / or brain

Urology surgery

  • Cystectomy
  • Nephrectomy (including partial)
  • Open prostatectomy


  • Pelvic and hip joint operations
  • Spine surgery
  • Flap plastic
  • Thigh surgeries (osteosynthesis, osteotomy)
  • Polytraumatized patients
  • Arm operations (endoprostheses, osteosynthesis, osteotomy)

Xtra equipment is a state-of-the-art device used to recover autologous blood (patient’s blood) collected during surgery and prepare it for transfusion. Xtra recovers the blood that the patient loses during the operation and processes it, preparing it to be transfused to the same patient. In this way, it helps the patient to lose as little blood as possible during surgery.

The use of Xtra in patients with high-risk bleeding surgery significantly reduces the demand for blood from another donor and prevents the risks associated with blood transfusions. That is, the patient receives back his red blood cells lost during the operation. Several studies have shown that red cell reinfusion recovered with autotransfusion improves postoperative outcome, reduces hospitalization time, and additional medical treatments.

Since 2010, Xtra, the newest ATS system, extraordinarily innovative, intuitive, and powerful, with exceptional technological features, ease of use, and strong performance, has supported clinicians in achieving the goals of patient blood management.

LivaNova is a company with a tradition in the production of medical devices and technology, with extensive experience in the fields of Cardiovascular and Neuromodulation. The main goal is to improve the lives of patients around the world.

As a world leader in cardiovascular and neuromodulation solutions, LivaNova is dedicated to the progress and development of new therapies that have a strong impact on health.

LivaNova is also dedicated to the highest standards and acts at the highest level of business ethics and compliance.

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