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We found 12 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Decatur, GA.

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

Dr. James Poindexter's medical specialty is vascular surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Poindexter include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Poindexter honors United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Methodist Health System and New Britain General Hospital. His 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's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Atlanta, GA. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include colorectal surgery procedures, heartburn, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Duncan is affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Duncan accepts. Dr. Duncan attended Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Atlanta Medical Center.

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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, who practices in Fayetteville, GA, Stockbridge, GA, and Atlanta, GA, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He is conversant in Filipino. His areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and chemotherapy. Dr. Goldklang's hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Goldklang 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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Ross attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Atlanta Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. He has a 1.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ross's 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 neurosurgery specialist in Atlanta, GA. He studied medicine at Michigan State University. For his professional training, Dr. King completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. King include spine reconstruction, brain surgery, and neurosurgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. King's professional affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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

Dr. Michael Victor Yancey, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
315 Boulevard, Ne; Suite 520
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Michael Yancey is a neurosurgery specialist. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Yancey's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yancey honors. Dr. Yancey graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Harlem Hospital Center. His professional affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Luther Burse is an Atlanta, GA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests 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 graduated from Morehouse School of Medicine. He trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for his residency. Dr. Burse 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 medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Brathwaite's areas of expertise include 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Brathwaite attended Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is conversant in French. Dr. Brathwaite is affiliated with 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)

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

Dr. John Smith is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Smith's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Smith studied medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He trained at Ohio State University Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Eric Scott Furie, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
285 Boulevard Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Eric Furie, who practices in Atlanta, GA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Furie's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and MAKoplasty. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. His 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' areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: leukemia, sickle cell disease, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Collins's hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Washington School of Medicine and performed his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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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. She attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Parker's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Parker a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parker honors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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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.