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

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

Dr. John Awad's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Awad trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patients rated Dr. Awad highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Awad welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Rolf H Langeland, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 Kings Highway Cutoff
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Rolf Langeland is an orthopedic surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and knee surgery. Dr. Langeland is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and ConnectiCare. He studied medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He trained at Hartford Hospital for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Langeland's professional affiliations include Newport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Langeland's 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 Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 Kings Hwy Cutoff; Suite 100
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. David Bindelglass is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and Stratford, CT. Dr. Bindelglass's areas of expertise include hip replacement, arthritis surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Bindelglass's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Milton Armm is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Armm obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and performed his residency at Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Armm takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 Internal Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan works as an internist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kochan accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He completed his residency training at New Britain General Hospital. He 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 General Obstetrics & Gynecology
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Cuteri is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Cuteri is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Cuteri studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian.

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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. He practices in Trumbull, CT and Fairfield, CT. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Fischbach 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, Cancer

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

Dr. Joel Malin sees patients in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and Stratford, CT. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise consist of replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Malin is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Malin attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His 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)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
2600 Post Road
Southport, CT
 

Dr. Bradford Chervin's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, Dr. Chervin completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Norwalk Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chervin's practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Fairfield, CT. Dr. Espina-Lee's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She attended medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Her medical residency was performed at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Dr. Espina-Lee (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Espina-Lee is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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

Specializes in Neurosurgery
52 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Kenneth Lipow's specialty is neurosurgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Lipow is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his residency, Dr. Lipow trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gilead Lancaster is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Lancaster (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and French. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lancaster attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Lancaster takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stuart Zarich is an adult cardiology specialist. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Zarich completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zarich takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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, Syncope, Women's Heart Disease, Preventive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

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 professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tuohy takes. Dr. Tuohy has an open panel. Dr. Tuohy obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Critical Care
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Watson's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine); he sees patients in Bridgeport, CT and Stratford, CT. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He accepts Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. Dr. Watson is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Watson welcomes new patients.

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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's specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. He practices in Bridgeport, CT. He has a special interest in breast surgery. Dr. Garvey honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. In addition to English, 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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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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