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We found 23 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Anthem EPO near Chula Vista, CA.

Dr. Hugo Hernan Barrera, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
786 3rd Avenue; #b
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Hugo Barrera practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Chula Vista, CA. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). These areas are among Dr. Barrera's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and colon surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Barrera's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Breast Issues, Pilonidal ... (Read more)

Dr. Marilyn Ortuno Ortuno, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
769 Medical Center Court; Suite 202
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Marilyn Norton's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Norton include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Norton is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Norton attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sickle Cell Disease, Kidney Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Errol Richard Korn, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
752 Medical Center Court; Suite 200
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Errol Korn works as a gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Korn include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Korn honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Korn graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Iyabo Olatokunbo Daramola, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
2401 Reo Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Iyabo Daramola's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Daramola's clinical interests: diabetes, cryotherapy, and osteoporosis. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences. She completed her residency training at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Daramola speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Daramola welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Headache, Osteoporosis, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brooke Laura Ballard, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
230 Prospect Place; Suite 210
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Brooke Ballard is a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Coronado, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Mesa, CA. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Clinical interests for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ballard accepts. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Ballard welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Occupational Therapy Treatment, Physical Therapy ... (Read more)

Dr. Pourang Kamali, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
769 Medical Center Court; Suite #301
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Pourang Kamali sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is obstetrics & gynecology. He is conversant in Persian. His clinical interests include colposcopy, menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Dr. Kamali is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After completing medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Kamali an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kamali has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth Burton Johnson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
769 Medical Center Court; Suite 202
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Johnson is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Johnson include hospice (end-of-life care), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and breast cancer. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Johnson attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at National Naval Medical Center. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Blood Disorders, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ricardo A Soltero, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
340 4th Avenue; Suite 4
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Ricardo Soltero is a nephrologist in Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Soltero's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and dialysis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Soltero completed residency programs at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Soltero speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Soltero welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Dialysis, Kidney Problems

Dr. Phillip G Zentner, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
751 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Phillip Zentner practices radiation oncology in Chula Vista, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zentner include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and stereotactic radiosurgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zentner graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Zentner completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Efrain Torres Valladolid Sr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Other
340 4th Avenue; Suite 18
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Efrain Valladolid sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Valladolid's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and weight management. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, Dr. Valladolid completed his residency training at Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program. The average patient rating for Dr. Valladolid is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Preventive Care, Weight Management

Dr. Francisco Ernesto Anguiano, MD
Specializes in Other, Obstetrics & Gynecology
765 Medical Center Court; Suite 209
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Francisco Anguiano specializes in obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Chula Vista, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Anguiano include colposcopy, menopause, and female infertility. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Anguiano's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and residency at San Joaquin General Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Anguiano is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rodolfo Arcovedo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
786 3rd Avenue; #b
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Rodolfo Arcovedo practices general surgery in Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Arcovedo (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Arcovedo obtained his medical school training at La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Chestnut Hill Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Breast Issues, Pilonidal Cysts, Varicose Veins, Hernia ... (Read more)

Dr. Kofi D Sefa Boakye, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
340 4th Avenue; Suite 5
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye specializes in obstetrics & gynecology. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Sefa-Boakye's areas of expertise include colposcopy, menopause, and cryotherapy. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Sefa-Boakye's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix. Patient ratings for Dr. Sefa-Boakye average 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Adolescent Gynecology, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Thomas Summers, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
786 3rd Avenue; #b
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Summers is a general surgeon in Chula Vista, CA. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Areas of expertise for Dr. Summers include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, colon surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Summers takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Summers's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Breast Issues, Pilonidal Cysts, Varicose Veins, Hernia ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip B Bajo, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
750 Medical Center Court; Suite 3
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Philip Bajo, who practices in Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Bajo's areas of expertise consist of coronary angiogram, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Bajo is in-network for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Bajo studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Bajo trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. Dr. Bajo is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Bajo is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Bajo has a closed panel.

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All Interests: Coronary Angiogram, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Ignacio Iturbe-Alessio, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
480 4th Avenue; Suite 409
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Ignacio Iturbe-Alessio is a physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Iturbe-Alessio graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at San Bernardino County Medical Center, Worcester City Hospital, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. His clinical interests include hospice (end-of-life care), sickle cell disease, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Iturbe-Alessio welcomes new patients.

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What is Bloodless Medicine?

For a variety of reasons, some people feel strongly about refusing blood transfusions and blood products. Bloodless medicine is an emerging medical practice that seeks to provide full medical care, including surgery, for these patients without the use of transfusions.

There are many legitimate reasons why a patient might wish to refuse blood products. Perhaps the most well known are the religious beliefs of certain groups, especially Jehovah’s Witnesses. But religious beliefs are not the only reason someone might choose bloodless medicine. Some of these reasons include:

  • Ethical decisions about the limited supply of blood available
  • Patients with rare blood types may not have access to donor blood
  • Fear of receiving the wrong blood type, which can cause a significant allergic reaction
  • Concerns about infectious diseases that could possibly infect the blood supply, such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Epstein-Barr, or Mad Cow Disease

When it comes to surgery, bloodless medicine succeeds by increasing the amount of red blood cells a patient produces before surgery, replacing any lost blood with fluids, carefully managing the patient’s health during surgery, and meticulously controlling blood loss so that as little bleeding as possible occurs.

Preparation begins by increasing the number of red blood cells the patient produces, so that any loss during surgery will not be as harmful. Patients may be instructed to eat iron-rich foods, given iron supplements, or given medications to increase their hemoglobin. The least invasive surgical procedures available will be chosen, as they require tiny incisions.

During surgery, patients are often positioned on a slope with their head lowered, to protect their brain from any blood loss. Their blood pressure may be lowered and their body temperature raised to reduce bleeding. They may be given 100% oxygen to help a reduced number of red blood cells carry sufficient oxygen to their body. Modern surgical tools are used that cauterize any broken blood vessels as soon as they are cut, in order to minimize blood loss.

Sometimes, a technique known as hemodilution is used. A portion of blood is removed from the patient at the beginning of surgery and replaced with fluids, diluting the blood circulating within the body. If bleeding occurs during surgery, the blood lost is this dilute blood, and not as critical. After surgery, the pure blood is replaced. In some cases blood that is lost during surgery can also be collected, cleaned, and returned to the patient.

Not all surgeries can be performed bloodless, but most can, including:

  • Open heart surgery
  • Liver transplants
  • Urinary tract surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hip and knee replacements
  • Brain surgery

Despite all the precautions taken, during any surgery there is the possibility of unexpected hemorrhage. A hemorrhage, or severe episode of bleeding, can be life threatening without the help of transfused blood. Before any surgical procedure, it is important to make a plan with your physicians about what steps you would like them to take, or not take, in case the unexpected happens.