We found 11 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 area of specialization is vascular surgery. Dr. Poindexter has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include 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. Patients rated Dr. Poindexter highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
315 Boulevard Ne; Suite 224
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Titus Duncan is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Duncan has indicated that his clinical interests include heartburn, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. He is affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and a graduate of Atlanta Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Duncan's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heartburn, Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux

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. Dr. King's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: spine reconstruction, brain surgery, and neurosurgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. King's residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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Dr. Thomas I 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 1.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ross include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ross attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Atlanta Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, WellStar, and Atlanta Medical Center.

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All Interests: Shoulder Problems, Partial Knee Replacement, MAKOplasty, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (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's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Fayetteville, GA, Stockbridge, GA, and Atlanta, GA. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center for residency. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and chemotherapy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goldklang honors. In addition to English, Dr. Goldklang speaks Filipino. His professional affiliations include WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Eric Furie is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Furie include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and MAKoplasty. Dr. Furie's hospital/clinic affiliations include Atlanta Medical Center and WellStar Douglas Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Furie attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Furie accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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

Dr. Michel D Brathwaite, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
121 Linden Avenue
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Michel Brathwaite specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Atlanta, GA. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Brathwaite accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Mail Handlers Benefit Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Brathwaite is conversant in French. He is affiliated with WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. J. Smith is a cardiology (heart disease) specialist in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Smith is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Miriam Parker is a physician who 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Parker include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Parker is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Douglas Collins is a physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Collins include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Collins is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Collins is affiliated with WellStar and Atlanta Medical Center.

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

Dr. Luther Burse works as a gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Burse's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Burse honors. He is affiliated with 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.

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