We found 6 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 specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Livonia, MI, Howell, MI, and Saint Clair Shores, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Johnston honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Garden City Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

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

Dr. Robert Camara works as a family practitioner. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital for residency. In Dr. Camara's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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

Dr. Mark Rojewski's medical specialty is family medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rojewski at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rojewski include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rojewski accepts. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals.

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Dr. Bashar J Yalldo, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 Byron Road
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Bashar Yalldo practices family medicine. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Yalldo attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Providence Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 Byron Road
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Douglas McLearon is a family practitioner in Howell, MI. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. McLearon's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. McLearon is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
1200 Byron Road
Howell, MI
 

Dr. Warren Garr specializes in family medicine and practices in Howell, MI. He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Garr's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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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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