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

Dr. Michael Berman practices gynecologic oncology. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Berman has indicated that his clinical interests include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. Dr. Berman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received distinctions including 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 Medical Center, and St. Jude Hospital. Dr. Berman welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Inderpal Gujral is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in Laguna Hills, CA. He graduated from Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Amritsar. He trained at Interfaith Medical Center for residency. In his practice, Dr. Gujral focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Gujral is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and Cardiovascular Associates. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
16300 Sand Canyon Avenue; Suite 708
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Friedman's area of specialization is pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Friedman (or staff) is conversant in 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 affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Friedman attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Reda is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. Dr. Reda accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Reda (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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

Dr. Mitchell Katz's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Katz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Before performing his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Katz attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Katz's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Chiwai Chan specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine and practices in Fountain Valley, CA and Laguna Hills, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Chan at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Chan attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. 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.

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