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 is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barrera include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and colon surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Barrera graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Barrera is accepting new patients.

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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 specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She works in Chula Vista, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Norton include bladder cancer, lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Norton honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Norton is accepting new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. She is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Brooke Ballard practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in San Diego, CA, Coronado, CA, and La Mesa, CA. Dr. Ballard's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Ballard attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Ballard speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Errol Korn, who practices in Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Korn accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Korn has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He 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
 

Dr. Iyabo Daramola speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, osteoporosis, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Daramola attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa for residency. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Daramola accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Daramola's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Pourang Kamali specializes in obstetrics & gynecology. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Kamali include colposcopy, menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Patient ratings for Dr. Kamali average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kamali honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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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 works as a hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Johnson's areas of clinical interest consist of hospice (end-of-life care), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and breast cancer. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at National Naval Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Johnson's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Phillip Zentner is a physician who specializes in radiation oncology. His education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Zentner include bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and lung cancer. Dr. Zentner accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Zentner is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Bladder Cancer, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy, Bloodless ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ricardo Soltero is a Chula Vista, CA physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Soltero include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and dialysis. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Soltero attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. He completed his residency training 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. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

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

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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 is an obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Chula Vista, CA. His clinical interests include colposcopy, menopause, and female infertility. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anguiano accepts. Before performing his residency at San Joaquin General Hospital, Dr. Anguiano attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Anguiano is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Rodolfo Arcovedo works as a general surgeon in Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Arcovedo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. Dr. Arcovedo is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He 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. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Arcovedo honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Breast Issues, Pilonidal Cyst, 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 a medical specialist in obstetrics & gynecology. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sefa-Boakye include colposcopy, menopause, and high risk pregnancy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sefa-Boakye's office for an appointment. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix. He speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Paul Schalch practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in La Mesa, CA and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Schalch's clinical interests include skull base surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and salivary gland surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Schalch (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Schalch's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Stephen Summers is a general surgeon. Dr. Summers's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, colon surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Summers's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. After attending National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at San Bernardino County Medical Center, Worcester City Hospital, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. His areas of expertise consist of hospice (end-of-life care), sickle cell disease, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Iturbe-Alessio accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Iturbe-Alessio's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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.

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