We found 29 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Fountain Valley, CA.

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

Dr. Peter Leport specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Leport (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Leport include sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Leport takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leport's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Reginald Abraham is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abraham include wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Abraham honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abraham attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Tamil. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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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 specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. She works in Fountain Valley, CA. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Francis's areas of expertise consist of minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Francis accepts. She attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Francis (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Indonesian. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). She has an open panel.

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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 works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ali include gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ali honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ali trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Joel Berman is a general surgeon and vascular surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Berman attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Soni include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU), Dr. Soni attended medical school at King George Medical University. In addition to English, Dr. Soni (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Chinese. Dr. Soni's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta. He has an open panel.

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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 works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Le's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Le's 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 Alabama, a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese.

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Dr. Francois Francois Bui, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
10161 Bolsa Avenue; 210b
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Phong Bui is a specialist in obstetrics and general gynecology. He is conversant in Vietnamese. His areas of expertise consist of laparoscopic hysterectomy, vaginal prolapse, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Bui performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Bui has received the distinction of Voted as most compassionate doctor of the year.

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Dr. John Patrick Kelly, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 300
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. John Kelly is a hand surgeon and orthopedist. Dr. Kelly (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelly include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Kelly is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kelly trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kelly is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Michael Berman practices gynecologic oncology. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Berman has indicated that his clinical interests include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. Dr. Berman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received distinctions including 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 hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Medical Center, and St. Jude Hospital. Dr. Berman welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Robert James Woodhouse I, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 115
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Robert Woodhouse sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA and Anaheim, CA. His medical specialty is radiation oncology. Dr. Woodhouse's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Woodhouse (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UCLA Health.

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

Dr. Ajit Sawhney sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. 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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Sawhney is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Sawhney (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Sawhney is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Paul Maistros is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Greek. He is especially interested in sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Maistros attended medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Kaiser Permanente for residency. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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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, who practices in Westminster, CA and Anaheim, CA, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed 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. In his practice, Dr. Alkhouli focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alkhouli is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alkhouli (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast.

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

Dr. Lalitha Ananth is an adult rheumatologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ananth at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Ananth completed her residency training at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. She is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Ananth welcomes new patients.

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Hakim include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Hakim is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Hakim is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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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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