We found 11 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Decatur, GA.

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Dr. James Milton Poindexter Jr., MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
315 Boulevard Ne; Suite 316
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. James Poindexter works as a vascular surgeon in Atlanta, GA, Tucker, GA, and Decatur, GA. Dr. Poindexter attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Methodist Health System and New Britain General Hospital for residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Poindexter's hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Titus D Duncan, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
315 Boulevard Ne; Suite 224
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Titus Duncan works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Atlanta, GA. His areas of expertise include the following: colorectal surgery procedures, heartburn, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center and Emory University Hospital Midtown. After attending Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Duncan completed his residency training at Atlanta Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoids, Hernia, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gerald Alan Goldklang, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
320 Parkway Drive Ne; Suite 203
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Gerald Goldklang is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is conversant in Filipino. Dr. Goldklang's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and chemotherapy. His professional affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Goldklang performed his residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Bone Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Chemotherapy

Dr. Thomas Ivan Ross, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
550 Peachtree Street; 19th Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Thomas Ross is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ross include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Patient ratings for Dr. Ross average 1.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ross accepts. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Ross completed his residency training at Atlanta Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and Resurgens Orthopaedics.

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All Interests: Shoulder Problems, Partial Knee Replacement, MAKOplasty, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul Kevin King, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
285 Boulevard Ne; Suite 415
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Paul King is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: spine reconstruction, brain surgery, and neurosurgery. Dr. King is professionally affiliated with WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. King trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Spine Reconstruction, Spinal Fusion, Brain Cancer, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
550 Peachtree Street; Suite 1750
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Luther Burse is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Burse include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Burse attended Morehouse School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Michel D Brathwaite, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1987 Candler Road
Decatur, GA
 

Dr. Michel Brathwaite's specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and nephrotic syndrome. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Mail Handlers Benefit Plan. After attending Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Brathwaite completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is conversant in French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Nephrotic Syndrome, Hyperkalemia, Hypertension, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
550 Peachtree Street; Ne, Suite 1810
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. John Smith is a cardiologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Atlanta Medical Center and Emory University Hospital Midtown. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Smith's education and training includes medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at Ohio State University Medical Center.

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Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
285 Boulevard Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Eric Furie's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Furie's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and MAKoplasty. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Furie honors. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Furie's hospital/clinic affiliations include Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar Douglas Hospital.

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

Dr. Douglas Caldwell Collins, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
320 Parkway Drive Ne; Suite 232
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Douglas Collins works as an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Collins include leukemia, sickle cell disease, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Collins is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free ... (Read more)

Dr. Miriam Parker, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
285 Boulevard, Ne; Suite 525
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Miriam Parker works as a general internist in Atlanta, GA. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Parker performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Parker is affiliated with WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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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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