We found 63 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Preferred Plus near Chesterfield, MI.

Dr. Christopher Nicholas Zingas, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
45441 Heydenreich
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Zingas specializes in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Clair Shores, MI and Macomb, MI. Patient ratings for Dr. Zingas average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, bunion surgery, and diabetic foot ulcers. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Zingas trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Greek. Dr. Zingas's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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Dr. Leonidas Petros Moschouris, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
25650 Kelly Road; Suite 13
New Baltimore, MI
 

Dr. Leonidas Moschouris is a pediatrician. Dr. Moschouris's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, asthma, and pulmonary function test (PFT). He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Moschouris is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Moschouris completed a residency program at Children's Hospital of Michigan. In addition to English, he speaks Greek.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Pulmonary Function Test, Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Thomas Giancarlo, DO
Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Pain Medicine, Neurophysiology
19699 East Old; 8 Mile Road
Clinton Township, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Giancarlo is a vascular neurologist, pain doctor, and neurophysiologist in Clinton Township, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Utica, MI. In addition to English, Dr. Giancarlo speaks Italian. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, sleep apnea, and stroke. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Botsford Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Patients gave Dr. Giancarlo an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Giancarlo accepts.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Brain Problems, Sleep Apnea, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Ernesto Raul Drelichman, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
17700 23 Mile Road; Suite 250
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Ernesto Drelichman is a medical specialist in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Drelichman (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Drelichman include cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Providence Hospital, Southfield. Dr. Drelichman has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), and Medicare Advantage.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Victor McIntosh, MD, DO
Specializes in Urology
19991 Hall Road; Suite 201
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Gregory McIntosh works as an urologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and kidney problems. Dr. McIntosh's hospital/clinic affiliations include McLaren Health Care, Botsford Hospital, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McIntosh takes. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

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Dr. Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 306
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Cheryl Wesen specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Wesen include holistic medicine, breast surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wesen honors. She has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Breast Surgery, Holistic Medicine

Dr. James A Brown, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
30030 Twenty Three Mile Road
Chesterfield, MI
 

Dr. James Brown is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Detroit, MI, Chesterfield, MI, and Grosse Pointe, MI. Patient ratings for Dr. Brown average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), contact dermatitis, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Brown attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Brown has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sarcoidosis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Acne, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roger R Abiragi, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
25650 Kelly Road; Suite 13
New Baltimore, MI
 

Dr. Roger Abiragi works as a general pediatrician in New Baltimore, MI and Roseville, MI. For his residency, Dr. Abiragi trained at Henry Ford Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Abiragi a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Abiragi has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Abiragi (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Julie Marie Surhigh, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 303
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Julie Surhigh is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Detroit, MI, Macomb, MI, and Grosse Pointe, MI. Dr. Surhigh has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Surhigh performed her residency at Beaumont Hospitals. She has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, X-Rays

Dr. Paul Joseph Chuba, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 103
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Paul Chuba is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. Clinical interests for Dr. Chuba include lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. Dr. Chuba graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Chuba is conversant in German. He is professionally affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. Donn Michael Schroder, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Other
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 306
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Donn Schroder's area of specialization is general surgery. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schroder include stomach surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Schroder is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Schroder has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Hernia, Stomach Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerome Edwin Seid, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
11885 East 12 Mile Road; Suite 100a
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Jerome Seid specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Grosse Pointe, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI. In his practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and palliative care. Dr. Seid takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Seid has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Jeffrey Scott Falk, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 306
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Jeffrey Falk works as a general surgeon. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Falk include breast surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and breast cancer. Dr. Falk is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Kathleen Ann Rheaume, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Chesterfield, MI
 

Dr. Kathleen Rheaume's specialty is family medicine. Her clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Rheaume's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rheaume at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Christopher Robert Provenzano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
46591 Romeo Plank Road; Suite 101
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Provenzano practices adult nephrology. Dr. Provenzano's areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. He is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Provenzano attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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Dr. Marcus Eber Degraw, MD
Specializes in Child Abuse Pediatrics
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 303
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Marcus Degraw specializes in child abuse pediatrics and practices in Detroit, MI and Macomb, MI. Dr. Degraw attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. In his practice, Dr. Degraw focuses on child abuse and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Degraw's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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All Interests: Child Abuse, 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.