We found 13 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept CalOptima Medi-Cal near Fountain Valley, CA.

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
2621 S Bristol Street; Suite 208
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Kwei-Min Pan works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Pan's areas of expertise include amputation, peripheral bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Taipei Medical University and performed his residency at Interfaith Medical Center. Dr. Pan (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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All Interests: Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Peripheral Bypass Surgery, Amputation, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 320
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Sridhara Iyengar specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Iyengar has indicated that his clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Assam Medical College & Hospital. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Minimally Invasive 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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All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Ovarian Disease, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Biopsy, Minimally ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
8101 Newman Avenue; Suite B
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Nahla Salem's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Salem's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Salem (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Huu Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine
1220 West Hemlock Way; Suite 102
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Huu Nguyen's areas of specialization are general practice, family medicine, and general internal medicine; he sees patients in Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Nguyen is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. Dr. Nguyen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. John Kelly works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist in Fountain Valley, CA. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelly include knee problems, hip replacement, and knee replacement. He accepts TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Kelly (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Shoulder Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Injuries, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Hip ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Woodhouse's specialty is radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Woodhouse include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Woodhouse (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Woodhouse is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UCLA Health.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite #260
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Rallabhandi Sankaram is an adult nephrology specialist. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, transplant surgery procedures, and dialysis. Dr. Sankaram takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Sankaram completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Sankaram (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Dialysis, Transplant Surgery Procedures

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5835 Westminster Boulevard; Suite # A
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Hoa Nguyen sees patients in Westminster, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nguyen has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chinese and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Philip A.R.L. Lynn, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
14411 Brookhurst Street; Suite D
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Philip Lynn's medical specialty is general internal medicine and general pediatrics. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In Dr. Lynn's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and pulmonary function test (PFT). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Lynn trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Lynn (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
15444 Brookhurst Street
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Chuc Dang's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. Dang has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. For his professional training, Dr. Dang completed residency programs at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Dang (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and French.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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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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