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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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Johnston's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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 is an urologist. Dr. Galejs is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Galejs include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Latvian. Dr. Galejs is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Botsford Hospital.

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

Dr. Fadi Eliya is an urologist in Livonia, MI, West Bloomfield, MI, and Commerce Township, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eliya include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), cryotherapy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Eliya takes. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Botsford Hospital.

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

Dr. Mark Rojewski's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Rojewski attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Rojewski takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with 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 practices family medicine in Howell, MI. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. McLearon accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 Byron Road
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Warren Garr's specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Garr include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital. Dr. Garr graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Garr is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Robert Camara practices family medicine. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Camara include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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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.