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Why can recipients of bone marrow transplants not be under anesthesia during the transplant?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Martin Andreansky
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It is not a surgery
Unlike solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant is not a surgical procedure but an infusion of bone marrow into a vein.

In brief: It is not a surgery
Unlike solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant is not a surgical procedure but an infusion of bone marrow into a vein.
Dr. Martin Andreansky
Dr. Martin Andreansky
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Dr. Stephen Noga
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: There is no need
Unlike solid organ transplants like kidneys and heart, a bone marrow or stem cell transplant is performed entirely differently.
There is no surgery, but rather, it is similar to receiving a blood transfusion. The stem cells are transfused through an IV into the blood stream..Just like receiving blood. The stem cells know they belong in the bone marrow and travel there by themselves so no surgery!

In brief: There is no need
Unlike solid organ transplants like kidneys and heart, a bone marrow or stem cell transplant is performed entirely differently.
There is no surgery, but rather, it is similar to receiving a blood transfusion. The stem cells are transfused through an IV into the blood stream..Just like receiving blood. The stem cells know they belong in the bone marrow and travel there by themselves so no surgery!
Dr. Stephen Noga
Dr. Stephen Noga
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: Not needed
The infusion of bone marrow is done through an iv.
It is not injected directly into the bone marrow. As such it is not a painful procedure. The presence of an IV allows for the treatment of any side effects that might occur.

In brief: Not needed
The infusion of bone marrow is done through an iv.
It is not injected directly into the bone marrow. As such it is not a painful procedure. The presence of an IV allows for the treatment of any side effects that might occur.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Anesthesiology
In brief: Correct
Local anesthesia with sedation and or analgesia (pain medication) can be offered.
However, general anesthesia is not recommended because the risk of general anesthesia outweigh the benefits for this type of procedure.

In brief: Correct
Local anesthesia with sedation and or analgesia (pain medication) can be offered.
However, general anesthesia is not recommended because the risk of general anesthesia outweigh the benefits for this type of procedure.
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
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