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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Novi, MI, Livonia, MI, and Howell, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. Johnston include 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. He studied medicine at Albany Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Johnston 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 specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. After completing medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and B.J. Medical College, Pune, he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. On average, patients gave Dr. Desai a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His areas of expertise include hip arthroscopy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. Patient reviews placed Dr. Farjo at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Farjo is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. In addition to English, 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. Rebecca Marie Studinger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1021 Karl Greimel Drive; Suite 99
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Rebecca Studinger's medical specialty is plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Studinger include laser resurfacing, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lymphedema. She is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Studinger graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Studinger trained at Providence Hospital. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Studinger takes.

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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 practitioner in Livonia, MI and Brighton, MI. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Giannola's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Giannola is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Providence Hospital.

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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 practices family medicine. Dr. Bishop's areas of clinical interest consist of labor and delivery (childbirth) and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bishop attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Providence Hospital. He is professionally 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 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Seymour include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hearing test, and thyroid surgery. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He is 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 in Farmington, MI, Brighton, MI, and Novi, MI. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, celiac disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health. After attending Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Raphael completed his residency training at Botsford Hospital. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

Dr. Nathan Bloch works as a family practitioner. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and echocardiogram (echo). Patients rated Dr. Bloch highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Botsford Hospital. He 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

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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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