• Welcome to Crohn's Forum, a support group for people with all forms of IBD. While this community is not a substitute for doctor's advice and we cannot treat or diagnose, we find being able to communicate with others who have IBD is invaluable as we navigate our struggles and celebrate our successes. We invite you to join us.

Blood transfusions during surgery and immunosuppressants.

I will get a proctocolectomy surgery in 2 weeks due to Crohn's disease, and I've been using the maximum dose of 6MP (an immunosuppressant) for the last 2 years.

I had a resection surgery before, and received blood transfusions before and during the surgery; but I was not using any immunosuppressants at that time.

I looked at the tests carried out on blood donations, and the screenings for possible infections doesn't seem comprehensive to me.

Take a look:

I mean, there are many other viruses (let alone other kinds of microorganisms) that might be present in the blood that is used for transfusion. This might not be a too big deal for a person with a healthy immune system; but what about people who use immunosuppressants?

It seems dangerous to me.

What do you think?
I think you should ask your doctors, they must have an answer.

Also after surgeries they usually give you massive loads of antibiotics through IV