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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 is a vascular surgeon in Atlanta, GA, Tucker, GA, and Decatur, GA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Poindexter is professionally affiliated with WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center. After attending the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Methodist Health System and New Britain General Hospital. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and United Healthcare HMO.

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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. Dr. Duncan's education and training includes medical school at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at Atlanta Medical Center. His areas of expertise include colorectal surgery procedures, heartburn, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Duncan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Atlanta Medical Center and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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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 physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. These areas are among Dr. Goldklang's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and chemotherapy. He is professionally affiliated with WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has a closed panel. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Goldklang's training includes a residency program at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Goldklang speaks Filipino.

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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. These areas are among his clinical interests: hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Dr. Ross has received a 1.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Ross's medical residency was performed at Atlanta Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is affiliated with 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 works as a neurosurgeon in Atlanta, GA. These areas are among his clinical interests: spine reconstruction, brain surgery, and neurosurgery. Dr. King's hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. King attended Michigan State University for medical school. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Luther Burse Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
550 Peachtree Street; Suite 1750
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Luther Burse specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Atlanta, GA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Burse include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Burse graduated from Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Burse's medical residency was performed at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Michael Yancey works as a neurosurgeon. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center. 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. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yancey accepts.

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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 practices adult nephrology in Atlanta, GA and Decatur, GA. In addition to English, he speaks French. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and nephrotic syndrome. Dr. Brathwaite is affiliated with WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Brathwaite graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Mail Handlers Benefit Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center and Emory University Hospital Midtown. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Atlanta, GA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Furie attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. In Dr. Furie's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and MAKoplasty. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional 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 is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Collins include leukemia, sickle cell disease, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Collins is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending the University of Washington School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Grady Memorial Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with 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 specializes in general internal medicine. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Parker completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Parker average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Parker accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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.