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We found 5 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Community Care Network near Stratford, CT.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2909 Main Street; 2nd Floor
Stratford, 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 Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2909 Main Street
Stratford, 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 Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2909 Main Street
Stratford, 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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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2909 Main Street
Stratford, 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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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Michael Werdmann is a specialist in pediatric emergency medicine. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Werdmann trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Werdmann is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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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.