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We found 8 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Shield near Newport Beach, CA.

Dr. Radhakrishan S Gandhi, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
520 Superior Avenue; Suite 330
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Radhakrishan Gandhi is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Gandhi (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi. Clinical interests for Dr. Gandhi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Gandhi's education and training includes medical school at Medical College Baroda and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. The average patient rating for Dr. Gandhi is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gandhi is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Thanh-Son Cao, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
496 Old Newport Boulevard; Suite 6
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Sean Cao's area of specialization is general surgery. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Cao's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cao include pancreas problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and liver disease. Patient reviews placed Dr. Cao at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Cao (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Cao is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Surinder Saini specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Saini focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hepatobiliary disorders, and acid reflux (GERD). Patient reviews placed Dr. Saini at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University and New York Medical College. Dr. Saini (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Saini is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Sarabjit Singh Sandhu, MD
Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Pediatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry
3 Corporate Plaza Drive; Suite 140
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Sarabjit Sandhu's areas of specialization are addiction psychiatry, pediatric psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry; he sees patients in Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Sandhu (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Harbor Medical Associates, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). He graduated from Guru Nanak Dev University and then he performed his residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sandhu takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Zacharia Reda's areas of specialization are pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care; he sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA, Newport Beach, CA, and Mission Viejo, CA. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Reda focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Reda is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Reda trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He has received distinctions including 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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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Mitchell Katz is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Katz has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. He is 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. Richard (None) Solmer, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
351 Hospital Road; Suite 618
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Richard Solmer is a plastic surgeon. Dr. Solmer's areas of expertise include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at California Hospital Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Daniel Le's specialties are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and pain management. Dr. Le accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Le (or staff) speaks 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.