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We found 43 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. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, he performed his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Afifi focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Afifi accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Afifi is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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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. The average patient rating for Dr. Pan is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include amputation, peripheral bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Taipei Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at Interfaith Medical Center for residency. Dr. Pan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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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 specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Abraham include wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Abraham is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Abraham performed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Tamil.

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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 graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Berman focuses on breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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 an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Gandhi's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gandhi's office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Gandhi attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Gandhi (or staff) is conversant in 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, Obstetrics
101 The City Drive, Pav Iii; Suite 501
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman practices gynecologic oncology and obstetrics. Dr. Berman is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Berman's education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. 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.

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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's areas of specialization are adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult pulmonology; he sees patients in Garden Grove, CA and Westminster, CA. In his practice, Dr. Hakim focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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 addition to English, Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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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 and practices in Huntington Beach, CA, Foothill Ranch, CA, and Anaheim, CA. She is rated 1.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. In her practice, Dr. Salem focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Salem takes. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Salem completed a residency program at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. In addition to English, 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 practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Fountain Valley, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Mahdad average 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and headache. Dr. Mahdad takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Mahdad (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Mahdad is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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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 practices plastic surgery and general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Tran include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Tran honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Tran completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is conversant in Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Pec Implants, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (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. In addition to English, Dr. Sapra (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Sapra is professionally 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. Dr. Sapra's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to 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 works as an adult rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ananth include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ananth accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Ananth attended Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. Dr. Ananth is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Ajit Sawhney is a Fountain Valley, CA physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Sawhney is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He obtained his medical school training at SMS Medical College, Jaipur and All India Institute of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Dr. Sawhney (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Sawhney welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Edward Chappell sees patients in La Mirada, CA and Santa Ana, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chappell include back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). On average, patients gave Dr. Chappell a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at George Washington University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Paul Maistros' specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Maistros is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Kaiser Permanente's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maistros include sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Greek. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Zafar Khan's areas of specialization are hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khan include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Khan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at 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. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu, French, and Hindi. Dr. Khan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His practice is open to new patients.

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

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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.