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We found 16 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept WellCare near Bridgeport, CT.

Dr. Brian Michael Debroff, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3060 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Brian Debroff is an ophthalmologist. He is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Debroff takes. He is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He speaks Polish.

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

Dr. Milton Frank Armm, MD
Specializes in Urology
3180 Main Street; Suite 305, Beechmont Building
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Milton Armm is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Armm takes. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Armm's hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Nabil Abdo Atweh, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nabil Atweh is a general surgeon and intensive care specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Atweh speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Atweh accepts. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Joseph A Cuteri, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Cuteri's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Cuteri average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Cuteri is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Cryosurgery, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Adolescent Gynecology, Bloodless ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Neal Fischbach, who practices in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Fairfield, CT, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Fischbach's education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Fischbach welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Alan Landau specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Landau takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Landau is open to new patients.

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan specializes in general internal medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kochan is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He completed his residency training at New Britain General Hospital.

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

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gilead Lancaster's specialty is adult cardiology. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Lancaster has an open panel. He obtained his medical school training at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Lancaster (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stuart Zarich is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Zarich is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Richard Garvey works as a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Garvey attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in breast surgery. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garvey accepts. Dr. Garvey speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. David Witt's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patient ratings for Dr. Witt average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Witt attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Witt (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. He is 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)

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

Dr. Edward Tuohy practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Tuohy completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Tuohy is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Tuohy is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Anastomosis, Laser Treatment, in Vitro Fertilization

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery
55 Walls Drive; Suite 405
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Anya Kishinevsky is a specialist in plastic surgery. She works in Darien, CT, Fairfield, CT, and New Haven, CT. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kishinevsky accepts Health Net, Medicare, and Oxford Health Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Kishinevsky graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Kishinevsky (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French.

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

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

Dr. Mitchell Driesman is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Dr. Driesman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Driesman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Neonatology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Harris Jacobs is a specialist in neonatology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Dr. Jacobs performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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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.