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We found 27 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept ConnectiCare near Fairfield, CT.

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

Dr. Rolf Langeland practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and Stratford, CT. He attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and knee surgery. Dr. Langeland honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and ConnectiCare. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Langeland is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Cuteri is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Cuteri is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Cuteri has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Nabil Atweh is a specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He works in Bridgeport, CT, Stratford, CT, and New Haven, CT. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Atweh is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Atweh is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting 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 Urology
3180 Main Street; Suite 305, Beechmont Building
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Milton Armm is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Armm is conversant in 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, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan practices general internal medicine in Bridgeport, CT, Milford, CT, and New Haven, CT. For his professional training, Dr. Kochan completed a residency program at New Britain General Hospital. Dr. Kochan is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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)

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

Dr. John Awad specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Awad attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Awad's professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. 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 Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
111 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Neal Fischbach's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Fischbach's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. 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

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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) in Bridgeport, CT, Stratford, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Watson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He 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, Anesthesia, Heart Problems, Pain Management

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

Dr. David Bindelglass specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bindelglass include hip replacement, arthritis surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Bindelglass is professionally affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bindelglass has an open panel. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his residency, Dr. Bindelglass trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital.

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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 Adult Cardiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gilead Lancaster is an adult cardiology specialist in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. He is an in-network provider 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. Dr. Lancaster (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and French. Dr. Lancaster is professionally 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, Preventive Cardiology, Heart Valve Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bradford Stephen Chervin, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2600 Post Road
Southport, CT
 

Dr. Bradford Chervin's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Western Connecticut Health Network and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chervin takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is open to new patients. Dr. Chervin attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stuart Zarich works as a cardiologist in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zarich 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)

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

Dr. Richard Garvey's areas of specialization are pediatric surgery and general surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in breast surgery. Dr. Garvey honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Garvey speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Garvey has an open panel.

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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 Neurosurgery
52 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Kenneth Lipow specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Bridgeport, CT, New Haven, CT, and Fairfield, CT. Dr. Lipow's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lipow is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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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's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Malin is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Malin focuses on replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Malin accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Malin's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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

Dr. Edward Tuohy specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Fairfield, CT, New Haven, CT, and Trumbull, CT. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Tuohy attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is 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, Carotid Artery ... (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.