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

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Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
2621 S Bristol Street; Suite 208
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Kwei-Min Pan practices general surgery and vascular surgery in Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Pan (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pan include amputation, peripheral bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Pan graduated from Taipei Medical University. His training includes a residency program at Interfaith Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Pan a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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All Interests: Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Peripheral Bypass Surgery, Amputation, Bloodless ... (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 surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon 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. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abraham honors. Dr. Abraham graduated from 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 French and Tamil. He is professionally 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)

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

Dr. Sridhara Iyengar's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Iyengar has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He graduated from Assam Medical College & Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal.

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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 sees patients in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. His medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Dr. Berman's areas of expertise include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. Patient ratings for Dr. Berman average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, Dr. Berman attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Berman has received the following distinctions: 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 Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Nahla Hilmy Salem, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8101 Newman Avenue; Suite B
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Nahla Salem specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Salem honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Salem (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish.

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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 is a general practitioner, family medicine practitioner, and general internist. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. He obtained his medical school training at Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Dr. Nguyen's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for 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. Surinder S Thind, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5100
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Surinder Thind is a Fountain Valley, CA physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Thind obtained his medical school training at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and Government Medical College, Patiala and performed his residency at SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thind (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Thind is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Robert Woodhouse is a radiation oncology specialist in Fountain Valley, CA and Anaheim, CA. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UCLA Health. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Woodhouse accepts. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Woodhouse trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for his residency. Dr. Woodhouse (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish 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 practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Fountain Valley, CA. His clinical interests include knee problems, hip replacement, and knee replacement. Dr. Kelly's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. TriWest, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelly honors. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Kelly (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Rallabhandi Sankaram works as a nephrologist in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Sankaram (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. In his practice, Dr. Sankaram focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, transplant surgery procedures, and dialysis. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He attended medical school at Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sankaram honors.

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

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

Dr. Hoa Nguyen is a gastroenterologist in Westminster, CA. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chinese and Vietnamese. In his practice, Dr. Nguyen focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen trained at a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for his residency. He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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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 specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In Dr. Lynn's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and pulmonary function test (PFT). The average patient rating for Dr. Lynn is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lynn is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Lynn (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Circumcision, Bone Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Electrocardiogram, ... (Read more)

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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. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Dang honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.