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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 is a specialist in cardiac surgery, adult cardiology, and general surgery. He works in Santa Ana, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Afifi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College. He trained at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center for his residency. He 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's specialties are general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Pan's areas of expertise include the following: amputation, peripheral bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pan honors. He attended Taipei Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Interfaith Medical Center. Dr. Pan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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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 specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. He works in Fountain Valley, CA. After attending Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training 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. Dr. Abraham's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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: 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's areas of specialization are general surgery and vascular surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Berman include breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Berman studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berman honors.

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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 physician who specializes 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. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Gandhi's education and training includes medical school at Medical College Baroda and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. The average patient rating for Dr. Gandhi is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gandhi is accepting new patients.

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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 in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Berman include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. Dr. Berman is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Berman takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he 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 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. In his practice, Dr. Hakim focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hakim is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hakim completed a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Salem (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Her areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Salem average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Salem accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Mehrdad Mahdad works as a neurologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mahdad include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and headache. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mahdad accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Mahdad attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Mahdad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Lalitha Ananth's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Ananth's education and training includes medical school at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences and residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ananth include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Ananth has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. She is 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. Edward Thomas Chappell, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
213 City Place Drive
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Edward Chappell is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in La Mirada, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Chappell's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Chappell is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Alan Tran's medical specialty is plastic surgery and general surgery. Dr. Tran is conversant in Vietnamese. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tran takes.

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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 is an adult hematologist and oncologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Sapra include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Sapra accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Dr. Sapra attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Sapra (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hungarian, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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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 works as a nephrologist. He attended SMS Medical College, Jaipur and All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Coney Island Hospital and VA Long Beach Healthcare System for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Sawhney include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sawhney (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Sawhney'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: 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' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, Dr. Maistros focuses on sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Maistros is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Kaiser Permanente. In addition to English, Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Greek. Dr. Maistros 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 is a physician who specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Khan at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Khan attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu, French, and Hindi.

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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.