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We found 44 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Orange, CA.

Dr. Alaa Youssef Afifi, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiology, Critical Care
2200 East Fruit Street; Suite 207
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Alaa Afifi's specialties are cardiac surgery, adult cardiology, and general surgery. He practices in Santa Ana, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Afifi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Afifi is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center, Dr. Afifi attended Albany Medical College for medical school.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
2621 S Bristol Street; Suite 208
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Kwei-Min Pan practices general surgery and vascular surgery in Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Pan (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pan include amputation, peripheral bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Pan graduated from Taipei Medical University. His training includes a residency program at Interfaith Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Pan a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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All Interests: Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Peripheral Bypass Surgery, Amputation, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Dr. Reginald G M Abraham, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other, Thoracic Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 258
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reginald Abraham is a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Abraham's areas of expertise include the following: wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abraham honors. Dr. Abraham graduated from Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks French and Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Wedge Resection, Esophageal Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel A Berman, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 108
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Joel Berman sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Berman attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is especially interested in breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Radhakrishan S Gandhi, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 360
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Radhakrishan Gandhi is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Gandhi is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Gandhi attended Medical College Baroda for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Gandhi (or staff) speaks Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Michael L. Leonard Berman, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
101 The City Drive, Pav Iii; Suite 501
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman sees patients in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. His medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Dr. Berman's areas of expertise include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. Patient ratings for Dr. Berman average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, Dr. Berman attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Berman has received the following distinctions: 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.. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Asaad Hakim, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
12665 Garden Grove Bl
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Asaad Hakim specializes in adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult pulmonology and practices in Garden Grove, CA and Westminster, CA. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Hakim takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Hakim attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Nahla Hilmy Salem, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4720 E. Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Nahla Salem specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Salem honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Salem (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Satinder Swaroop, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Satinder Swaroop specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Fountain Valley, CA and Orange, CA. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Dr. Swaroop accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Government Medical College, Srinagar and Government Medical College, Jammu and then went on to complete his residency at Maryland General Hospital and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. Dr. Swaroop has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Swaroop (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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All Interests: Cardiac Stress Testing, Nuclear Stress Test, Heart Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
2621 S Bristol Street; Suite 105
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Mehrdad Mahdad practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Fountain Valley, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Mahdad graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mahdad include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and headache. Patient ratings for Dr. Mahdad average 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Mahdad (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Mahdad is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Electrodiagnostic Testing, Electroencephalography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Thai Tran, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, General Surgery
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 223
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Alan Tran is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and general surgery. Dr. Tran's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He speaks Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Pec Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Thomas Chappell, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
213 City Place Drive
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Edward Chappell's areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chappell include back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Chappell obtained his medical school training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Chappell is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chappell accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Brachytherapy, Cranial Surgery, Back Problems, Lower ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul A Maistros, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 121
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Paul Maistros works as a neurologist in Fountain Valley, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Maistros takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Kaiser Permanente for his residency. Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Greek. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Ranjan Kumar Sapra, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 405
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ranjan Sapra's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Sapra (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hungarian, Hindi, and Punjabi. Clinical interests for Dr. Sapra include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Sapra is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. After attending All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sapra is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Lalitha Ananth, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11100 Warner Avenue; #304
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Lalitha Ananth is a Fountain Valley, CA physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ananth include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Ananth accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before performing her residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Dr. Ananth attended Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Ananth has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. She is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Huu Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine
1220 Hemlock Way; Suite 102
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Huu Nguyen is a general practitioner, family medicine practitioner, and general internist. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. He obtained his medical school training at Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Dr. Nguyen's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.