We found 11 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Health Net PPO 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's specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. He practices in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. Dr. Lemire (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. His areas of clinical interest consist of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and heart valve surgery. Dr. Lemire is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. After completing medical school at Laval University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, Dr. Lemire is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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; he sees patients in Long Beach, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and breast issues. Patient ratings for Dr. Deo average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He attended Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Deo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Marathi, Spanish, and Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Los Alamitos Medical Center, and Community Hospital Long Beach. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Michael L. Leonard Berman, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
2810 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman's area of specialization is gynecologic oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Berman include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. Dr. Berman's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Berman 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.. Dr. Berman is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Berman's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Barton Wachs is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Long Beach, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Wachs has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and prostate procedures. His professional affiliations include Atlantic Urology Medical Group, Lakewood Hospital, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. Dr. Wachs honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He welcomes new patients. He attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Wachs speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Avenue; Suite 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Long Beach, CA, Torrance, CA, and Irvine, CA. In his practice, Dr. Steinmetz focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. His professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Steinmetz has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Miriam Mackovic-Basic's medical specialty is obstetrics and gynecology. Patients gave Dr. Mackovic-Basic an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Before completing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Mackovic-Basic attended medical school at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Mackovic-Basic (or staff) is conversant in Croatian, Spanish, and Serbo-Croatian. Her professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Willner focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. 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. Dr. Willner has received professional recognition including the following: Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Willner (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Filipino, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Rouzroch (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and Persian. In his practice, Dr. Rouzroch focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Rouzroch is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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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 specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Katz's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he 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 in Lakewood, CA. These areas are among Dr. Chang's clinical interests: immunization (preventive vaccines), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and influenza (flu). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Chang speaks Chinese. He is affiliated with Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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Dr. Roger John Epstein, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
1650 Ximeno Avenue; #230
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Roger Epstein works as a psychiatrist. He studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Epstein trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Epstein honors. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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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.