We found 6 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Choice POS near Dearborn, MI.

Dr. Walter John Cukrowski, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5050 Schaefer
Dearborn, MI

Dr. Walter Cukrowski specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Southfield, MI, Dearborn, MI, and Livonia, MI. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Cukrowski is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cukrowski studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Lascelles Pinnock, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
14575 Southfield Road
Allen Park, MI

Dr. Lascelles Pinnock practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: esophageal cancer, bell's palsy, and neck reconstructive surgery. Dr. Pinnock's professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pinnock is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Neck Reconstructive Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Ear ... (Read more)

Nsima M Usen, MPH
Specializes in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery
1628 Ford Avenue
Southfield, MI

Dr. Nsima Usen's area of specialization is reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Usen include bone pain, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and foot reconstruction. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Usen's training includes a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Usen is conversant in Igbo and Ibibio. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Detroit Medical Center (DMC), and Oakwood Hospital - Taylor.

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All Interests: Bone Pain, Athlete's Foot, Fractures, Musculoskeletal Problems, Gout, Ankle Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Louis Bono, MD, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
18181 Oakwood Boulevard; Suite 202
Dearborn, MI

Dr. Peter Bono's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in scoliosis, minimally invasive surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Bono's hospital/clinic affiliations include Botsford Hospital, St. John Providence Health System, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn. He honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Botsford Hospital. Dr. Bono (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Cantonese and Italian.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Scoliosis, Back Problems, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
2845 Monroe
Dearborn, MI

Dr. Joel Moses is a Dearborn, MI physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Moses include casting (cast application), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and baby colic. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Moses is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Children's Hospital of Michigan's residency program. He is affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Baby Colic, Casting

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Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
2200 Monroe Boulevard
Dearborn, MI

Dr. Daniel Salama works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. In his practice, Dr. Salama focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Salama takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. For his residency, Dr. Salama trained at Oakwood Healthcare System. Dr. Salama (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Yiddish. His professional affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Detroit Medical Center (DMC), and Oakwood Hospital - Wayne.

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All Interests: 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.