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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 is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Kureshi is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, neurosurgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kureshi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Kureshi's training includes a residency program at Duke University Medical Center.

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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 is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Ballard's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to English, Dr. Ballard speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Ballard is accepting 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 practices neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Altenau include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Altenau takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Altenau has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Audrey Calzada's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among her clinical interests: endoscopic sinus surgery, skull base surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Calzada is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. She 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 specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, knee ligament injuries, and sports health. Dr. Pomerantz accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is professionally affiliated with Memphis VA Medical Center and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pomerantz's office for an appointment.

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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.