We found 28 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept ConnectiCare near Fairfield, CT.

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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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Awad is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Awad completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Awad is accepting 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kochan is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Kochan trained at New Britain General Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Milton Armm is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). 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. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Armm speaks Spanish. Dr. Armm is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Specializes in Otolaryngology
2600 Post Road
Southport, CT
 

Dr. Bradford Chervin is an otolaryngologist in Southport, CT. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. The average patient rating for Dr. Chervin is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Chervin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Norwalk Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Rolf Langeland's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Langeland's clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and knee surgery. His professional affiliations include Newport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Langeland completed his residency training at Hartford Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and ConnectiCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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

Dr. Richard Garvey's specialties are pediatric surgery and general surgery. Dr. Garvey is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Garvey include breast surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Garvey accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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 is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bindelglass include hip replacement, arthritis surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is 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. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bindelglass honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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

Dr. Elenita Espina is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Espina (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Espina is a graduate of Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and a graduate of Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center's residency program. Dr. Espina has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gilead Lancaster, who practices in Bridgeport, CT, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Lancaster (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and French. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Cuteri sees patients in Bridgeport, CT and Shelton, CT. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Before completing his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Dr. Cuteri attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cuteri takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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

Dr. Charles Watson's specialties are anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine). He practices in Bridgeport, CT and Stratford, CT. He takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Watson obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Watson is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in Podiatry
1300 Post Road; Suite 206
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Louise Tortora's area of specialization is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She takes Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tortora is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Warts, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Orthotics, Diabetes, Sports Injuries, Bunions, ... (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. Dr. Fischbach's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Fischbach is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Harold Sauer is an infertility specialist, obstetrician, and gynecologist in Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Sauer attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Anastomosis, Laser Treatment, in Vitro Fertilization, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jose Reyes' medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Reyes graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Reyes (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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

Dr. Joel Malin is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and Stratford, CT. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Malin's areas of clinical interest consist of replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Malin is conversant in Spanish. His professional 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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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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