We found 5 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Health Net near La Jolla, CA.

Dr. Brooke Laura Ballard, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
10803 Vista Sorrento Parkway
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Brooke Ballard practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in San Diego, CA, Coronado, CA, and La Mesa, CA. Dr. Ballard's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Ballard attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Ballard speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Sohaib Ahmad Kureshi, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 770
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Sohaib Kureshi sees patients in San Diego, CA, La Jolla, CA, and El Cajon, CA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, neurosurgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kureshi takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before performing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Kureshi attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Lance L Altenau, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 770
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Lance Altenau is a neurosurgeon. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Altenau's areas of expertise include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Altenau is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Altenau attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Dr. Audrey Peng-Fei Calzada, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
9834 Genesee Avenue; Suite 111
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Audrey Calzada is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Her clinical interests include endoscopic sinus surgery, skull base surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Calzada attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Calzada welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Michael Lucious Pomerantz, BS, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4445 Eastgate Mall; Suite 105
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michael Pomerantz is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, knee ligament injuries, and sports health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Pomerantz attended medical school at Albany Medical College and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Dr. Pomerantz's professional affiliations include Memphis VA Medical Center and Sharp HealthCare. He 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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