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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 specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnston include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia. Dr. Johnston honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis.

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

Dr. Laith Farjo is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Brighton, MI. He is conversant in Hmong. Dr. Farjo's areas of expertise include the following: hip arthroscopy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Advanced Orthopedics (Plano, TX), and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Farjo is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Farjo completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Bipin Desai is a general pediatrician in Brighton, MI. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Desai include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and B.J. Medical College, Pune for medical school and subsequently 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. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Giannola sees patients in Livonia, MI and Brighton, MI. His medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and general care. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Giannola obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Providence Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Giannola is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Rebecca Studinger works as a plastic surgeon. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Studinger's areas of expertise include laser resurfacing, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lymphedema. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Studinger honors. Dr. Studinger obtained her medical school training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and performed her residency at Providence Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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

Dr. Stephen Bishop sees patients in Livonia, MI and Brighton, MI. His medical specialty is family medicine. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program. His clinical interests encompass labor and delivery (childbirth) and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave Dr. Bishop an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bishop accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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

Dr. Joseph Morgan Seymour, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2305 Genoa Bus Pk Drive; #160
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Joseph Seymour is an otolaryngologist in Allen Park, MI, Ypsilanti, MI, and Brighton, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hearing test, and thyroid surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Dr. Seymour takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Seymour performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University.

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

Dr. Nathan Bloch's specialty is family medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Botsford Hospital. Dr. Bloch's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and echocardiogram (echo). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Bloch is affiliated with 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

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

Dr. Michael Raphael's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, celiac disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health. After completing medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Raphael performed his residency at Botsford Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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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.