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We found 6 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Health Net near Laguna Hills, CA.

Dr. Michael L. Leonard Berman, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics
24411 Health Center Drive; Suite 330
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman practices gynecologic oncology and obstetrics. Dr. Berman is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Berman's 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.

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

Dr. Inderpal Singh Gujral, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
24953 Paseo De Valencia; Suite 30a
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Inderpal Gujral sees patients in Bellflower, CA and Laguna Hills, CA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Gujral's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gujral attended Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Amritsar for medical school and subsequently trained at Interfaith Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, Cardiovascular Associates, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Bruce Fred Friedman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
16300 Sand Canyon Avenue; Suite 708
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Friedman is a specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. He works in Fountain Valley, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Friedman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Friedman's areas of expertise include the following: bronchitis, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Friedman is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Friedman include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Dr. Zacharia Y Reda, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Critical Care
26800 Crown Valley Parkway; Suite 460
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Zacharia Reda specializes in pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care and practices in Fountain Valley, CA, Newport Beach, CA, and Mission Viejo, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Reda (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. In Dr. Reda's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. After completing medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Reda performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Reda is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Mitchell Haven Katz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
24451 Health Center Drive
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Mitchell Katz is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Newport Beach, CA. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Katz is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Chiwai Eddy Chan, DO
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
23961 Calle De La Magdelana; Suite 305
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Chiwai Chan practices interventional pain medicine in Fountain Valley, CA and Laguna Hills, CA. Dr. Chan attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. His medical residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He is especially interested in cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. Dr. Chan has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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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.