We found 7 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Shield near Newport Beach, CA.

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
520 Superior Avenue; Suite 330
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Radhakrishan Gandhi specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended Medical College Baroda for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Gandhi is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gandhi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Gandhi's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in General Surgery
496 Old Newport Boulevard; Suite 6
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Sean Cao is a specialist in general surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of pancreas problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and liver disease. Dr. Cao is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Cao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Liver Disease, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Zacharia Y Reda, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Critical Care
1401 Avocado Street; Suite 802
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Zacharia Reda works as a pediatric pulmonologist and pediatric critical care specialist. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Reda's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reda include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Reda (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Richard (None) Solmer, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
351 Hospital Road; Suite 618
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Richard Solmer works as a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Solmer include thigh lift, tummy tuck revision, and general reconstruction. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at California Hospital Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, and a hospital affiliated with Allentown, Dr. Solmer attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Mini Tummy Tuck, Botox ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1441 Avocado Avenue; Suite 807
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Surinder Saini's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Saini's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hepatobiliary disorders, and acid reflux (GERD). He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He graduated from Guru Nanak Dev University and New York Medical College. Dr. Saini (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Acid Reflux, Hepatobiliary Disorders

Dr. Mitchell Haven Katz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 Superior Ave 140
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mitchell Katz's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Katz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Katz is affiliated with 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. Dr. Katz takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
17 Corporate Plaza Drive; Suite 110
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Le specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine and practices in Newport Beach, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Le include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and pain management. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Le honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Le (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese.

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

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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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