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

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Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nabil Atweh sees patients in Bridgeport, CT, Stratford, CT, and New Haven, CT. His medical specialties are general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Atweh is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He studied medicine 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. Dr. Atweh is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting 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's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Cuteri graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He trained at The Brooklyn Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Dr. Cuteri is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. 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 Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
310 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Richard Garvey is a specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. He works in Bridgeport, CT and New Haven, CT. In his practice, Dr. Garvey focuses on breast surgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Garvey obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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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 Gastroenterology
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Alan Landau is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Landau attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University for residency. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Landau is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Charles Kochan is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Kochan has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kochan trained at New Britain General Hospital for his residency.

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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, Interventional Cardiology
999 Silver Lane
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Edward Tuohy's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His education and training includes medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Tuohy is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Tuohy 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, Syncope, Women's Heart Disease, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Harold Sauer's medical specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. Dr. Sauer takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Sauer attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is professionally 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 General Internal Medicine
115 Technology Drive; Suite A-303
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. John Flores specializes in general internal medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Flores include diabetes and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Flores takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Flores attended New York Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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

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

Dr. Gilead Lancaster is an adult cardiology specialist. Dr. Lancaster is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Lancaster attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Lancaster (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and French.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stuart Zarich is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Zarich is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Zarich is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Mitchell Driesman specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Fairfield, CT, New Haven, CT, and Trumbull, CT. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Driesman accepts. Dr. Driesman is open to new patients. He attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Dr. Driesman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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Specializes in Neonatology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Harris Jacobs practices neonatology in New Haven, CT and Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Jacobs honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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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.