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We found 28 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Fountain Valley, CA.

Dr. Peter Cary Leport, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Peter Leport is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Leport (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leport include sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Leport average 5.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leport accepts.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Colectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Loss, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelly Ann M. Francis, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Kelly Francis is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Francis's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Francis welcomes new patients. She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Mir Baquar Ali, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Mir Ali practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His areas of expertise include gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). Dr. Ali is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Ali obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Ali is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Colectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Management, Da ... (Read more)

Dr. Reginald G M Abraham, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other, Thoracic Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 258
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reginald Abraham's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. He practices in Fountain Valley, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Abraham at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Abraham include wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Abraham studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks French and Tamil.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Wedge Resection, Esophageal Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel A Berman, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 108
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Joel Berman is a physician who specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Berman graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Breast Surgery

Dr. Viney Soni, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
9940 Talbert Avenue; Suite 101
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Viney Soni specializes in adult pulmonology and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Soni include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Soni graduated from King George Medical University. Dr. Soni's medical residency was performed at James J. Peters VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Soni (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Chinese. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Soni's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Michael L. Leonard Berman, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion Iii; Room 501
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman specializes in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics and practices in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. Dr. Berman takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Berman has received include Best Doctors in America - Obstetrics & Gynecology; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and America's Top Doctors (Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. Dr. Berman's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Francois Francois Bui, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
10161 Bolsa Avenue; Suite 208-210 B
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Phong Bui is a Westminster, CA physician who specializes in obstetrics and general gynecology. Dr. Bui has indicated that his clinical interests include laparoscopic hysterectomy, vaginal prolapse, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bui honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Bui attended St. George's University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Voted as most compassionate doctor of the year. Dr. Bui is conversant in Vietnamese.

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Dr. Asaad Hakim, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
7955 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Asaad Hakim is an adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult pulmonology specialist in Garden Grove, CA and Westminster, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Hakim honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Hakim attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Tam Huu Le, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18111 Brookhurst Street; 2600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Tam Le is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. He speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Le's areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. The average patient rating for Dr. Le is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Le takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colectomy, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 111
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Mehrdad Mahdad is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Fountain Valley, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Mahdad (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Mahdad include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and headache. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Mahdad trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Mahdad has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Mahdad takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal.

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Dr. Surinder S Thind, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5100
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Surinder Thind works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thind is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and Government Medical College, Patiala. He trained at SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis for his residency. Dr. Thind (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Thind's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Hassan M Alkhouli, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics, Adult Pulmonology
7955 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Hassan Alkhouli practices adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Alkhouli (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Alkhouli is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Alkhouli's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Ranjan Kumar Sapra, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 405
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ranjan Sapra's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. He practices in Fountain Valley, CA. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sapra include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sapra (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hungarian, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Lalitha Ananth, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite #304
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Lalitha Ananth works as a rheumatologist. Dr. Ananth (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. Clinical interests for Dr. Ananth include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Ananth is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Her education and training includes medical school at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences and residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ananth is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Ajit Singh Sawhney, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 212
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ajit Sawhney's area of specialization is adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sawhney graduated from SMS Medical College, Jaipur and All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He trained at Coney Island Hospital and VA Long Beach Healthcare System for residency. Dr. Sawhney (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension

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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.