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 areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, adult cardiology, and general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Afifi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, Dr. Afifi completed his residency training at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. Dr. Afifi honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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 surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery specialist 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. He accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of 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. Dr. Abraham (or staff) is conversant in 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 works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Pan's areas of expertise include amputation, peripheral bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Taipei Medical University and performed his residency at Interfaith Medical Center. 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 general surgeon and vascular surgeon. His areas of clinical interest consist of breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Berman accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of 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

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. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Gandhi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and Blue Shield. Dr. Gandhi has an open panel. He attended Medical College Baroda and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. 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 is a gynecologic oncology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Berman average 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His 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. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Health, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Ovarian Disease, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Biopsy, Minimally ... (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. He speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Tran's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. After attending the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school, he 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. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tran accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Satinder Swaroop is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 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 several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Swaroop studied medicine at Government Medical College, Srinagar and Government Medical College, Jammu. He completed his residency training 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 languages: 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)

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

Dr. Asaad Hakim practices adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult pulmonology. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hakim honors. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hakim completed his residency training 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

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

Dr. Nahla Salem's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Salem's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Salem (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Mehrdad Mahdad sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA and Santa Ana, CA. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His education and training includes medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and 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. Dr. Mahdad has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mahdad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He 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. 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). He has a special interest in sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Maistros accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Greek.

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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, who practices in Fountain Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Sapra graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Lalitha Ananth, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11100 Warner Avenue; #304
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Lalitha Ananth works as a rheumatologist in Fountain Valley, CA. She studied medicine at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Ananth completed residency programs at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Clinical interests for Dr. Ananth include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ananth has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. Her hospital/clinic 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

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11160 Warner Avenue; #311
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Zafar Khan is a Fountain Valley, CA physician who specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, French, and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patients gave Dr. Khan an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Huu Nguyen's areas of specialization are general practice, family medicine, and general internal medicine; he sees patients in Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Nguyen is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. Dr. Nguyen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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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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