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

Dr. Rolf Langeland works as an orthopedist. Dr. Langeland obtained his medical school training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Areas of expertise for Dr. Langeland include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and knee surgery. He takes AARP, Anthem, ConnectiCare, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Langeland has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Milton Armm is an urologist. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Armm honors. Before performing his residency at Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Dr. Armm attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Armm speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Armm's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Nabil Atweh is a medical specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Atweh completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Atweh is conversant in Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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

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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. Dr. Cuteri's education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In addition to English, Dr. Cuteri (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Cuteri is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. John Awad sees patients in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patients gave Dr. Awad an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Awad is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Charles Watson practices anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Watson's residency was performed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He takes Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. Dr. Watson is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Richard Garvey is a specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. In his practice, Dr. Garvey focuses on breast surgery. Dr. Garvey is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks 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)

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

Dr. David Bindelglass is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital. Dr. Bindelglass's areas of expertise include hip replacement, arthritis surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Bindelglass is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Stewart Gross is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Gross's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laparoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended Xochicalco University and then went on to complete his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Gross speaks Spanish.

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan works as a general internist in Bridgeport, CT, Milford, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Kochan's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at New Britain General Hospital for residency. He is professionally 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)

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

Dr. Edward Tuohy is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Tuohy is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tuohy 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: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Syncope, Women's Heart Disease, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Neal Fischbach's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patient ratings for Dr. Fischbach average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fischbach is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fischbach completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Harold Sauer is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology specialist in New Haven, CT and Bridgeport, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Sauer attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Sauer honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
52 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Kenneth Lipow specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Bridgeport, CT, New Haven, CT, and Fairfield, CT. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Lipow attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lipow is professionally affiliated with 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, Meningioma, Hydrocephalus, Bleeding, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joel Malin is an orthopedist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Malin average 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Malin is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Malin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Joint ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gilead Lancaster is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Lancaster completed his residency training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Lancaster (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and French. He is affiliated with 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.