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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan is a general internist in Bridgeport, CT and Milford, CT. Dr. Kochan is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His medical residency was performed at New Britain General Hospital. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Hospital Care, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
3180 Main Street; Suite 305, Beechmont Building
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Milton Armm's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Armm is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Armm's education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cystoscopy, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Brachytherapy, Urinary ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
310 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Richard Garvey is a Bridgeport, CT physician who specializes in pediatric surgery and general surgery. Dr. Garvey attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Garvey focuses on breast surgery. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Garvey is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Wounds, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gilead Lancaster is an adult cardiologist. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Lancaster attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Lancaster (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French. Dr. Lancaster is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Cuteri works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cuteri accepts. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's residency program. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Dr. Cuteri is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Adolescent Gynecology, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
111 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Neal Fischbach's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fischbach at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel. Dr. Fischbach graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Alan Landau practices adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University, Dr. Landau attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Rectal Problems, Enteroscopy, Small Intestine ... (Read more)

Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Obstetrics, Gynecology
267 Grand Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Harold Sauer's medical specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sauer graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Anastomosis, Laser Treatment, in Vitro Fertilization, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anya Kishinevsky, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
55 Walls Drive; Suite 405
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Anya Kishinevsky is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty. Dr. Kishinevsky accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Medicare, and Oxford Health Plans. She is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Kishinevsky's medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Kishinevsky (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French. She is affiliated with Norwalk Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kishinevsky is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Body Contouring, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3060 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Brian Debroff sees patients in Stratford, CT and West Haven, CT. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Debroff speaks Polish. His professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Debroff accepts several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Lensectomy, Intraocular ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stuart Zarich's medical specialty is adult cardiology. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zarich is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Syncope, Women's Heart Disease, Preventive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5520 Park Avenue; Suite 203
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. David Witt practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Witt honors. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Witt performed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Witt (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Leukemia, Coagulation ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1305 Post Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Edward Tuohy is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tuohy is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nabil Atweh specializes in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) and practices in Bridgeport, CT and Stratford, CT. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Atweh attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Atweh is conversant in Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Atweh has an open panel.

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All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Breast Surgery, Pancreatic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1305 Post Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Mitchell Driesman sees patients in Fairfield, CT and Trumbull, CT. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University, Dr. Driesman attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Driesman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Neonatology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Harris Jacobs is a neonatologist in New Haven, CT and Bridgeport, CT. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Jacobs attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Premature Babies

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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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