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, who practices in Huntington Beach, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Newport Beach, CA, is a medical specialist 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. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Gandhi attended Medical College Baroda and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gandhi accepts. He welcomes new patients.

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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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Saini's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hepatobiliary disorders, and acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Guru Nanak Dev University and New York Medical College. Dr. Saini (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi.

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

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

Dr. Sean Cao is a general surgery specialist. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is especially interested in pancreas problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and liver disease. Patients gave Dr. Cao an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cao is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Cao (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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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. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sandhu accepts. Before completing his residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Dr. Sandhu attended medical school at Guru Nanak Dev University. Dr. Sandhu (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Sandhu is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Harbor Medical Associates, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP).

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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 pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care specialist in Fountain Valley, CA, Newport Beach, CA, and Mission Viejo, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Reda include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Reda has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Reda attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. In addition to English, Dr. Reda (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, and Placentia-Linda 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 is a plastic surgeon. His clinical interests include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Solmer is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at California Hospital Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland. The average patient rating for Dr. Solmer is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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 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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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 practices in Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Le (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and pain management. Dr. Le studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Le takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.