We found 45 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 works as a heart surgeon, cardiologist, and general surgeon. Patient reviews placed Dr. Afifi at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Reginald Abraham's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Abraham's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks French and Tamil. Dr. Abraham is 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)

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

Dr. Kwei-Min Pan is a physician who specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: amputation, peripheral bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Dr. Pan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pan graduated from Taipei Medical University. He trained at Interfaith Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Pan (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 108
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Joel Berman is a physician who specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Berman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 360
Fountain Valley, 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

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

Dr. Michael Berman is a gynecologic oncologist in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Berman completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. His clinical interests include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Berman has received include 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 professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and St. Jude Hospital. Dr. Berman has an open panel.

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Satinder Swaroop practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Swaroop include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Dr. Swaroop's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Government Medical College, Srinagar and Government Medical College, Jammu. Dr. Swaroop's residency was performed at Maryland General Hospital and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Swaroop (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Swaroop 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)

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. Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Hakim's hospital/clinic affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for his residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hakim takes.

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

Dr. Alan Tran is a specialist in plastic surgery and general surgery. He works in Fountain Valley, CA and Westminster, CA. Dr. Tran is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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. Dr. Tran is conversant in Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Pec Implants, Lip Implants, Chin Implants, Nipple Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Medicine
4720 E. Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Nahla Salem is a family practitioner in Huntington Beach, CA, Foothill Ranch, CA, and Anaheim, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Salem average 3.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Salem accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, Dr. Salem attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Salem (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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

Dr. Mehrdad Mahdad is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Mahdad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mahdad include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and headache. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Mahdad has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Paul Maistros is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Fountain Valley, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Greek. His areas of expertise include sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Maistros's training includes a residency program at Kaiser Permanente. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sapra is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sapra graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He trained at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sapra (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. John Patrick Kelly, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 300
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. John Kelly is a Fountain Valley, CA physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kelly (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelly include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelly takes. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Lalitha Ananth, who practices in Fountain Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Ananth is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She attended medical school at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Ananth has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. Her professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Ananth's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Edward Chappell is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Dr. Chappell takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at George Washington University Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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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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