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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 general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He trained at Kings County Hospital Center for his residency. Dr. Leport's areas of expertise include sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Leport is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leport (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Leport's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP).

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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 medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. She is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Francis's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Clinical interests for Dr. Francis include minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Francis speaks Spanish. Dr. Francis is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Ali (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Ali's clinical interests include gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Ali is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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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 specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Abraham include wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Abraham is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Abraham performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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 sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. His medical specialties are 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. In his practice, Dr. Berman focuses on breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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 works as an adult pulmonologist. Dr. Soni's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Soni is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at King George Medical University, he performed 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, Obstetrics
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion Iii; Room 501
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman practices gynecologic oncology and obstetrics. Dr. Berman is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Berman's 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.

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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. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Bui performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bui include laparoscopic hysterectomy, vaginal prolapse, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bui has received the following distinction: Voted as most compassionate doctor of the year. He speaks 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's areas of specialization are adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Garden Grove, CA and Westminster, CA. In his practice, Dr. Hakim focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts 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. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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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 practices general surgery and colon & rectal surgery in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Le speaks Vietnamese. His areas of expertise include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Le completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Le's office for an appointment.

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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 practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Fountain Valley, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Mahdad average 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and headache. Dr. Mahdad takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Mahdad (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Mahdad is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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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 practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Thind's clinical interests include 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 Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and Government Medical College, Patiala. For his residency, Dr. Thind trained at SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis. Dr. Thind (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Thind's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is open to 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 specializes in adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Westminster, CA. Dr. Alkhouli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Alkhouli's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. Dr. Alkhouli graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Alkhouli takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to 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 medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Sapra (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Sapra is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. After attending All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Dr. Sapra's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 an adult rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ananth include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ananth accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Ananth attended Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. Dr. Ananth is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). She is accepting 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 is a Fountain Valley, CA physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Sawhney is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He obtained his medical school training at SMS Medical College, Jaipur and All India Institute of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Dr. Sawhney (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Sawhney welcomes new patients.

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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.