We found 29 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Aetna near Fairfield, CT.

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 Kings Hwy Cutoff; Suite 100
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Rolf Langeland is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and knee surgery. AARP, Anthem, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Langeland honors. Dr. Langeland attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hartford Hospital for residency. Dr. Langeland is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Newport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Tendonitis, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Milton Armm's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His 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 honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Armm speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Nabil Atweh is a general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Atweh accepts. He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In addition to English, Dr. Atweh speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to 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 sees patients in Bridgeport, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Cuteri is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Cuteri has an open panel.

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

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 King's Hwy Cutoff
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. John Awad practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Awad completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Osteoporosis, Lumbar Stenosis, Spine ... (Read more)

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Critical Care
Department of Anesthesia; Perry 3, Bridgeport Hospital
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Watson is an anesthesiologist and intensive care specialist in Bridgeport, CT, Stratford, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Watson is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Watson accepts. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Watson has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Anesthesia, Heart Problems, Pain Management

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

Dr. Richard Garvey is a pediatric surgery and general surgery specialist. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Garvey's areas of expertise include breast surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Garvey is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 Kings Hwy Cutoff; Suite 100
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. David Bindelglass' medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include hip replacement, arthritis surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Bindelglass honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Dr. Bindelglass attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Bindelglass is professionally affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Revision Surgery, Fractures, Arthritis, Total Joint ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Neal Fischbach practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Fairfield, CT. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fischbach is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fischbach accepts. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fischbach completed his residency training 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 General Internal Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kochan accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at New Britain General Hospital for residency. Dr. Kochan is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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

Specializes in Otolaryngology
2600 Post Road
Southport, CT
 

Dr. Bradford Chervin is an otolaryngologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chervin takes. Dr. Chervin attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Chervin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Western Connecticut Health Network and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Tinnitus, Tumor, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
309 Stillson Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Elenita Espina-Lee's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Patients rated Dr. Espina-Lee highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Espina-Lee honors. Dr. Espina-Lee is accepting new patients. Before completing her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Dr. Espina-Lee attended medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Dr. Espina-Lee (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Harold Sauer's specialties are reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sauer takes. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and 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

Specializes in Neurosurgery
52 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Kenneth Lipow is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Bridgeport, CT, New Haven, CT, and Fairfield, CT. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Lipow is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Lipow attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Meningioma, Hydrocephalus, Bleeding, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2660 Main Street; Suite 311
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stewart Gross sees patients in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. His medical specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Gross's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laparoscopic surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Xochicalco University and then went on to complete his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Gross welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Tendonitis, Laparoscopic Surgery, Fractures, Carpal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 Kings Highway Cutoff
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Joel Malin's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malin accepts. His education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In addition to English, Dr. Malin speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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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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