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

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

Dr. Sohaib Kureshi practices neurosurgery in San Diego, CA, La Jolla, CA, and El Cajon, CA. His clinical interests include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Kureshi's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Duke University Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Kureshi a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Brooke Ballard's areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; she sees patients in Coronado, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Mesa, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Dr. Ballard is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has an open panel. Dr. Ballard attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. She speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Lance Altenau's specialty is neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, neurosurgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Altenau's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Patient ratings for Dr. Altenau average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Altenau has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Audrey Calzada practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in La Jolla, CA, Carlsbad, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Calzada include endoscopic sinus surgery, skull base surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Calzada's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Calzada's practice is open to new patients. She attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency.

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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's specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Pomerantz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, knee ligament injuries, and sports health. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pomerantz studied medicine at Albany Medical College and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memphis VA Medical Center and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Pomerantz 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.