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 sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and colon surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Barrera graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Barrera completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Barrera is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He 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's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among Dr. Norton's clinical interests: bladder cancer, lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Norton attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Norton is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Errol Korn is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Korn average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Korn's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Korn has an open panel. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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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 is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, cryotherapy, and osteoporosis. Dr. Daramola is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Before completing her residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Daramola attended medical school at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Daramola is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, 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 is an obstetrician and gynecologist in Chula Vista, CA. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kamali's areas of expertise include colposcopy, menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kamali accepts. He attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kamali trained at Staten Island University Hospital. He 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. Brooke Laura Ballard, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
230 Prospect Place; Suite 210
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Brooke Ballard's areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; she sees patients in Coronado, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Mesa, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Dr. Ballard is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has an open panel. Dr. Ballard attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. She speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Knee Ligament Injuries, Tendon Repair, ... (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 consist of hospice (end-of-life care), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and breast cancer. Dr. Johnson's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at National Naval 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: 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 physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and dialysis. Dr. Soltero is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After attending Howard University College of Medicine for medical school, 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 is conversant in Spanish.

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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 oncology specialist. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and lung cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zentner takes. Dr. Zentner is conversant in Spanish. He 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. Francisco Ernesto Anguiano, MD
Specializes in Other, Obstetrics & Gynecology
765 Medical Center Court; Suite 209
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Francisco Anguiano practices obstetrics & gynecology in Chula Vista, CA. Patients gave Dr. Anguiano an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include colposcopy, menopause, and female infertility. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at San Joaquin General Hospital, Dr. Anguiano attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Anguiano speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Anguiano's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Osteoporosis, ... (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 Chula Vista, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Before performing his residency at Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Valladolid attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Valladolid's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and weight management. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Valladolid is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Rodolfo Arcovedo's area of specialization is general surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and biopsy. Patient reviews placed Dr. Arcovedo at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at La Salle University, Mexican Faculty of Medicine and residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Chestnut Hill Hospital. Dr. Arcovedo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French. Dr. Arcovedo is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Arcovedo's 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's specialty is obstetrics & gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Sefa-Boakye is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include colposcopy, menopause, and cryotherapy. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Sefa-Boakye is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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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 practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among his clinical interests: skull base surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and salivary gland surgery. Dr. Schalch accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Schalch attended medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Schalch (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and French. Dr. Schalch is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He 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' medical specialty is general surgery. These areas are among Dr. Summers's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, colon surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Summers's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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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 an adult hematology and adult oncology specialist. These areas are among Dr. Iturbe-Alessio's clinical interests: hospice (end-of-life care), sickle cell disease, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Iturbe-Alessio's practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and residency at San Bernardino County Medical Center, Worcester City Hospital, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. In addition to English, he 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.