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's medical specialty is general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Atweh welcomes new patients. Dr. Atweh obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He speaks Arabic.

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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 practices general obstetrics & gynecology. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Cuteri completed his residency training at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cuteri honors. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Charles Kochan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Bridgeport, CT, Milford, CT, and New Haven, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His residency was performed at New Britain General Hospital. Patient reviews placed Dr. Kochan at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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 Adult Gastroenterology
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Alan Landau specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Dr. Landau is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Harold Sauer's specialties are reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. He practices in New Haven, CT and Bridgeport, CT. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Sauer accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
115 Technology Drive; Suite A-303
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. John Flores practices general internal medicine in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. In addition to English, Dr. Flores speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in diabetes and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Flores is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

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

Dr. Gilead Lancaster works as a cardiologist. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center's residency program. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Lancaster (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and French. Dr. Lancaster 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, Preventive Cardiology, Heart Valve Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stuart Zarich's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Dr. Zarich honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for his residency. Dr. Zarich 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, Syncope, Women's Heart Disease, Preventive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Edward Tuohy is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Fairfield, CT, New Haven, CT, and Trumbull, CT. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Tuohy attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Tuohy's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Richard Garvey practices pediatric surgery and general surgery. His clinical interests encompass breast surgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Garvey is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Garvey's office for an appointment. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Wounds, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mitchell Driesman sees patients in Fairfield, CT, New Haven, CT, and Trumbull, CT. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Driesman is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Driesman 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 foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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Specializes in Neonatology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Harris Jacobs is a specialist in neonatology. He works in New Haven, CT and Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Jacobs is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete his residency 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.

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