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We found 12 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions near Trumbull, CT.

Dr. Nabil Abdo Atweh, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nabil Atweh is a medical specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Atweh accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Cuteri is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's residency program. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Cuteri's practice is open to new patients.

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Alan Landau is a gastroenterologist in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Landau's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Landau is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Rectal Problems, Small Intestine Disorders, Biliary ... (Read more)

Dr. John Amable Flores, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
115 Technology Drive; Suite A-303
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. John Flores practices general internal medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Flores has a special interest in diabetes and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Flores is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Kochan is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He trained at New Britain General Hospital for his residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kochan is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gilead Lancaster is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Lancaster graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. He trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Lancaster (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stuart Zarich is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Zarich studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Zarich's office for an appointment.

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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 is a pediatric surgery and general surgery specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Garvey speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Garvey include breast surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Garvey takes 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: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Wounds, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
999 Silver Lane
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Edward Tuohy's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Tuohy attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Tuohy welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Harold Sauer is a reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician, and gynecologist. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. Dr. Sauer is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Anastomosis, Laser Treatment, in Vitro Fertilization

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
999 Silver Lane
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mitchell Driesman works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. He graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Driesman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Neonatology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Harris Jacobs' medical specialty is neonatology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jacobs honors. Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Jacobs's medical residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Premature Babies

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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.