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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 medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Patient ratings for Dr. Gandhi average 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Gandhi focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Gandhi is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gandhi honors. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Gandhi studied medicine at Medical College Baroda. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Gandhi (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Surinder Saini's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Saini is a graduate of Guru Nanak Dev University and New York Medical College. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hepatobiliary disorders, and acid reflux (GERD). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Saini honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Medi-Cal, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Saini (or staff) speaks 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. Thanh-Son Cao, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
496 Old Newport Boulevard; Suite 6
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Sean Cao's specialty is general surgery. Dr. Cao has a special interest in pancreas problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and liver disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Cao graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Cao (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. He is 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)

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, who practices in Newport Beach, CA, is a medical specialist in addiction psychiatry, pediatric psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. Patient ratings for Dr. Sandhu average 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Harbor Medical Associates, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sandhu takes. He studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University. He completed his residency training at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Sandhu (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care. Dr. Reda (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reda include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, and Placentia-Linda Hospital. Dr. Reda's education and training includes medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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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 Newport Beach, CA physician who specializes in plastic surgery. Dr. Solmer's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Solmer honors. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at California Hospital Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland. Dr. Solmer is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Mitchell Katz is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Newport Beach, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Katz 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. Dr. Katz takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. 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. 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 Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
17 Corporate Plaza Drive; Suite 110
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Le practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine in Newport Beach, CA. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and pain management. Dr. Le's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Le is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, as well as other insurance carriers. 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.