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We found 9 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Total Health Care Commercial near Brighton, MI.

Dr. William Kemp Johnston III, MD
Specializes in Urology
12660 Ten Mile Road
South Lyon, MI
 

Dr. William Johnston's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Johnston's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

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Dr. Bipin Pratachandra Desai, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
136 Kissane Avenue; Suite A
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Bipin Desai's medical specialty is general pediatrics. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Desai include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Dr. Desai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Desai is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and B.J. Medical College, Pune. Dr. Desai trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo for residency. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

Dr. Laith Anastas Farjo, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2305 Genoa Business Park Drive; Suite 170
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Laith Farjo's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Brighton, MI. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Farjo include hip arthroscopy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. Dr. Farjo is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), and more. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Farjo trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. He speaks Hmong. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Advanced Orthopedics (Plano, TX), and St. John Providence Health System.

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Dr. Rebecca Marie Studinger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1021 Karl Greimel Drive; Suite 99
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Rebecca Studinger specializes in plastic surgery. Before completing her residency at Providence Hospital, Dr. Studinger attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: laser resurfacing, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lymphedema. Dr. Studinger is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Studinger accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. She is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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Dr. Joseph Vito Giannola, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7575 Grand River; Suite 210
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Joseph Giannola specializes in family medicine and practices in Livonia, MI and Brighton, MI. He studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Providence Hospital. In his practice, Dr. Giannola focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and general care. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Giannola accepts. Dr. Giannola is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, General Care

Dr. Stephen Willard Bishop, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9912 E. Grand River; Suite 1000
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Stephen Bishop's medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise consist of labor and delivery (childbirth) and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Bishop is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Bishop average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bishop takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Labor and Delivery

Dr. Joseph Morgan Seymour, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2305 Genoa Business Park Drive; Suite 160
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Joseph Seymour is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hearing test, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Seymour's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Seymour accepts. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University.

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Dr. Michael Rock Raphael, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
205 West Grand River; Suite 200
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Michael Raphael is an adult gastroenterologist. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, celiac disease, and colorectal cancer screening. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raphael takes. Before completing his residency at Botsford Hospital, Dr. Raphael attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
12660 Ten Mile Road
South Lyon, MI
 

Dr. Nathan Bloch specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Bloch is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Botsford Hospital, Dr. Bloch attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Botsford Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Echocardiogram, Weight Loss, Stress Management, X-Rays

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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.