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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's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Barrera's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and colon surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Barrera is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a Chula Vista, CA physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Norton include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Norton's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. After attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Norton accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Korn include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Korn is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Korn's training includes a residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Korn welcomes new patients.

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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
 

Patient reviews placed Dr. Iyabo Daramola at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, cryotherapy, and osteoporosis. Dr. Daramola honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Daramola is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is open to 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, who practices in Coronado, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Ballard average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Dr. Ballard is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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). She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ballard is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Occupational Therapy Treatment, Physical Therapy ... (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 hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Chula Vista, CA. His areas of expertise include hospice (end-of-life care), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and breast cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Johnson takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at National Naval Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Pourang Kamali is an obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Kamali's areas of expertise include colposcopy, menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Patient ratings for Dr. Kamali average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Staten Island University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Kamali speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Ricardo Soltero's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and dialysis. Dr. Soltero honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Howard University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Soltero has an open panel.

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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 is a radiation oncologist. In addition to English, Dr. Zentner speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Zentner include bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and lung cancer. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Zentner studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Zentner trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting 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 is a family medicine physician. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Valladolid's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and weight management. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Valladolid attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Valladolid is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Patient reviews placed Dr. Anguiano at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include colposcopy, menopause, and female infertility. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Anguiano's practice is open to new patients. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at San Joaquin General Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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's specialty is general surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arcovedo is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He graduated from La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Arcovedo completed residency programs at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Chestnut Hill Hospital. Dr. Arcovedo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and French. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 is an obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Chula Vista, CA, San Diego, CA, and Coronado, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include colposcopy, menopause, and cryotherapy. Dr. Sefa-Boakye's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. His 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. Patients gave Dr. Sefa-Boakye an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Paul Schalch Lepe, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
765 Medical Center Court; Suite 210
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Paul Schalch is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is a graduate of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Schalch's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His areas of expertise include the following: skull base surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and salivary gland surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schalch (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Schalch has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Surgery, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stephen Summers specializes in general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Summers include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, colon surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Summers's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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

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

Dr. Ignacio Iturbe-Alessio practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Iturbe-Alessio has indicated that his clinical interests include hospice (end-of-life care), sickle cell disease, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Iturbe-Alessio completed his residency training at San Bernardino County Medical Center, Worcester City Hospital, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. In addition to English, Dr. Iturbe-Alessio speaks Spanish.

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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.