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We found 8 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Beech Street near Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Guy Gerard Lemire, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5122 Marina Pacifica Drive S; #18
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Guy Lemire is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Lemire's areas of expertise include the following: hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and heart valve surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Secure Horizons. Unfortunately, Dr. Lemire is not currently accepting new patients. After attending Laval University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal. In addition to English, Dr. Lemire (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Dr. Eknath A Deo, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
701 E 28th Street; Suite 418
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Eknath Deo's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients rated Dr. Deo highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and breast issues. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College and a graduate of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Deo (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Gujarati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Community Hospital Long Beach. Dr. Deo welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Breast Issues

Dr. Barton Harris Wachs, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
701 E 28th Street; #319
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barton Wachs practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Long Beach, CA. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wachs include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and prostate procedures. Dr. Wachs is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Wachs graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Atlantic Urology Medical Group, Lakewood Hospital, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Procedures, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Miriam H Mackovic Basic, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
3711 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 700
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Miriam Mackovic-Basic's areas of specialization are obstetrics and gynecology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Mackovic-Basic is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She is open to new patients. Dr. Mackovic-Basic studied medicine at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. She trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for residency. Dr. Mackovic-Basic has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Mackovic-Basic (or staff) is conversant in Croatian, Spanish, and Serbo-Croatian.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Ayal Willner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
433 E. Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Ayal Willner specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Dr. Willner (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Filipino, and Spanish. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Willner is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Willner accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He has received professional recognition including the following: Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Siamak Rouzroch, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1703 Termino Avenue; #107
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Siamak Rouzroch practices general internal medicine. Dr. Rouzroch (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and Persian. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and arthritis. Dr. Rouzroch is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Rouzroch honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Arthritis, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Pain Management

Dr. Mitchell Haven Katz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mitchell Katz is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Katz has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Katz has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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Specializes in Family Medicine
4856 Bellflower Boulevard
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Eric Chang practices family medicine. Dr. Chang's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Chang include immunization (preventive vaccines), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and influenza (flu). He is professionally affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chang is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Chinese.

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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.