We found 27 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept ConnectiCare 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Langeland include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and knee surgery. Dr. Langeland honors AARP, Anthem, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Hartford Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Newport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Langeland welcomes 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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Armm is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. 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. Dr. Armm is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He welcomes 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 specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He works in Bridgeport, CT, Stratford, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Atweh accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed 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 welcomes 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 works as a general OB/GYN. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Cuteri is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cuteri trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Patients gave Dr. Cuteri an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Awad honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Awad is accepting new patients.

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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 practices anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Watson takes. Dr. Watson is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Watson completed a residency program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. 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 medical specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include breast surgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Garvey accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Garvey is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at Boston Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Garvey speaks Spanish.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bindelglass include hip replacement, arthritis surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Dr. Bindelglass attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. Dr. Bindelglass is an in-network provider 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, Revision Surgery, Fractures, Arthritis, Total Joint ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Neal Fischbach works as an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Trumbull, CT, New Haven, CT, and Fairfield, CT. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Fischbach accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Fischbach attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fischbach speaks Spanish. He 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, Cancer

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan works as a general internist. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Kochan's training includes a residency program at New Britain General Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Southport, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Chervin speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Western Connecticut Health Network and Yale New Haven Health System. His education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chervin welcomes 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 sees patients in Fairfield, CT and New Haven, CT. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Espina-Lee obtained her medical school training at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and performed her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Dr. Espina-Lee (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. Dr. Sauer is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals.

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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. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lipow is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Lipow 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 speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Joel Malin works as an orthopedist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Malin focuses on replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Malin is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Malin attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Malin is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gilead Lancaster's specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Lancaster (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and French. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lancaster trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Lancaster is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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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