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 is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Johnston's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnston accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Johnston attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Johnston is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

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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 orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. On average, patients gave Dr. Farjo a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Farjo include hip arthroscopy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), and more. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Farjo has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. He speaks Hmong. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Advanced Orthopedics (Plano, TX), and St. John Providence Health System.

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

Dr. Bipin Desai sees patients in Brighton, MI. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Desai include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Desai studied medicine at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and B.J. Medical College, Pune. His residency was performed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. 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. Rebecca Marie Studinger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1021 Karl Greimel Drive; Suite 99
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Rebecca Studinger's specialty is plastic surgery. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include laser resurfacing, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lymphedema. Dr. Studinger takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. She attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Providence Hospital. Dr. Studinger is professionally 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 is a family medicine physician. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Giannola is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Giannola's education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Providence Hospital. He is 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

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. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bishop's areas of expertise include labor and delivery (childbirth) and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Providence Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Nathan Bloch's specialty is family medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and echocardiogram (echo). He is affiliated with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. John Providence Health System, and Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Bloch graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Botsford Hospital. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Bloch takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Seymour practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Allen Park, MI, Brighton, MI, and Ypsilanti, MI. Dr. Seymour obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Clinical interests for Dr. Seymour include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hearing test, and thyroid surgery. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

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

Dr. Michael Raphael practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Raphael has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, celiac disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Botsford Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with 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.

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