We found 7 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Priority Health near Howell, MI.

Dr. William Kemp Johnston III, MD
Specializes in Urology
620 Byron; Suite 1201
Howell, 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. Laris Edgar Galejs, MD
Specializes in Urology
620 Byron; Howell Specialty Clinic Suite 1201
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Laris Galejs practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Novi, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Howell, MI. His areas of expertise include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Galejs is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Galejs speaks Latvian.

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Dr. Fadi Antwan Eliya, MD
Specializes in Urology
620 Byron; Suite 1201
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Fadi Eliya's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Eliya include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Eliya trained at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Eliya (or staff) is conversant in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Eliya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System.

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Dr. Mark David Rojewski, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 Byron Road
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Mark Rojewski is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Rojewski average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rojewski is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, and St. John Providence Health System.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 Byron Road
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Douglas McLearon works as a family medicine practitioner in Howell, MI. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. McLearon is affiliated with St. John's Hospital. Dr. McLearon is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Robert Peter Camara, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 Byron Road
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Robert Camara is a family medicine practitioner in Howell, MI. Patients gave Dr. Camara an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Camara trained at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 Byron Road
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Warren Garr's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Garr has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Garr is professionally affiliated with St. John's 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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