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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 is a cardiac surgery, adult cardiology, and general surgery specialist in Santa Ana, CA. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. Dr. Afifi's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Saddleback Memorial 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, Other, Thoracic Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 258
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reginald Abraham is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Abraham attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Abraham trained at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Abraham average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Kwei-Min Pan practices general surgery and vascular surgery in Santa Ana, CA. Patients rated Dr. Pan highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pan include amputation, peripheral bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at Interfaith Medical Center, Dr. Pan attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. In addition to English, Dr. Pan (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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All Interests: Peripheral Bypass Surgery, Amputation, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joel Berman practices general surgery and vascular surgery. In Dr. Berman's practice, he is particularly interested in breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berman honors. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. John Kelly works as a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Kelly (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. These areas are among his clinical interests: hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Dr. Kelly's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Kelly is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Radhakrishan Gandhi is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Fountain Valley, CA and Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Gandhi graduated from Medical College Baroda. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gandhi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Gandhi takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Gandhi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Satinder Swaroop's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. After completing medical school at Government Medical College, Srinagar and Government Medical College, Jammu, Dr. Swaroop performed his residency at Maryland General Hospital and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. His clinical interests include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and coronary angioplasty (PTCA). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Swaroop has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Swaroop (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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

Dr. Michael Berman works as a gynecologic oncologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Berman at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Medical Center, and St. Jude Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Berman attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore for residency. Dr. Berman has received distinctions including 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 speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Robert James Woodhouse I, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1211 West La Palma Avenue; Suite 100
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Robert Woodhouse, who practices in Fountain Valley, CA and Anaheim, CA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Woodhouse's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Woodhouse (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UCLA Health.

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Dr. Ajit Singh Sawhney, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 218
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ajit Sawhney is an adult nephrology specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Sawhney (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. In his practice, Dr. Sawhney focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). After attending SMS Medical College, Jaipur and All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Coney Island Hospital and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sawhney welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Paul Maistros is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Greek. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maistros include sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Maistros is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maistros takes.

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Dr. Zafar Saleem Khan, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 311
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Zafar Khan, who practices in Fountain Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Khan's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu, French, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Spinal Pain, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Back Problems, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hassan M Alkhouli, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics, Adult Pulmonology
1211 W. La Palma Avenue; #207
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Hassan Alkhouli, who practices in Westminster, CA and Anaheim, CA, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Alkhouli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Alkhouli focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Alkhouli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Alkhouli's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alkhouli honors.

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Dr. Lalita Hemant Pandit, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
11180 Warner Avenue; Suite 467
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Lalita Pandit's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Pandit average 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Pandit attended the University of Mumbai, the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, and Grant Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Pandit (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Pandit is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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

Dr. Lalitha Ananth is an adult rheumatology specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. Patients gave Dr. Ananth an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Ananth honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Her practice is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital, Dr. Ananth attended Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil.

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

Dr. Asaad Hakim sees patients in Garden Grove, CA and Westminster, CA. His medical specialties are adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult pulmonology. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Hakim attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hakim honors. Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Hakim is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast and 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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