We found 29 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 general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Leport (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Leport's clinical interests include sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Leport is rated highly by his patients. 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' specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Francis's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Francis takes. Dr. Francis is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Francis 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 is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Ali is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). Patient ratings for Dr. Ali average 4.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali honors. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Ali is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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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 is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Abraham's areas of expertise include the following: wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Abraham trained at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Abraham (or staff) is conversant in French and Tamil. Dr. Abraham is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 108
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Joel Berman is a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. His areas of clinical interest consist of breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Berman accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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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 is an adult pulmonology specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. In his practice, Dr. Soni focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He attended King George Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at James J. Peters VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Soni (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Chinese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Michael Berman is a gynecologic oncology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Berman average 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine and 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 is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is accepting 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's specialties are obstetrics and general gynecology. His clinical interests include laparoscopic hysterectomy, vaginal prolapse, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Bui is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. 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. Tam Huu Le, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
18111 Brookhurst Street; 2600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Tam Le is a specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He works in Fountain Valley, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Le honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Dr. Le is conversant in Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Asaad Hakim practices adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hakim honors. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hakim completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Mehrdad Mahdad sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA and Santa Ana, CA. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His education and training includes medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mahdad include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and headache. Dr. Mahdad has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mahdad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Paul A Maistros, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 121
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Paul Maistros' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a special interest in sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Maistros accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Greek.

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

Dr. Hassan Alkhouli sees patients in Westminster, CA. His medical specialties are adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Alkhouli is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before performing his residency 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 attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Alkhouli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast.

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

Dr. Ranjan Sapra, who practices in Fountain Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Sapra graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sapra (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hungarian, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Lalitha Ananth works as a rheumatologist in Fountain Valley, CA. She studied medicine at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Ananth completed residency programs at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Clinical interests for Dr. Ananth include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ananth has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Ananth's practice is open to new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Before performing his residency at SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis, Dr. Thind attended Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and Government Medical College, Patiala for medical school. Dr. Thind's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Thind (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Thind 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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