We found 4 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Unicare near Novi, MI.

Dr. David Neil Schindler, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
26179 Novi Road
Novi, MI

Dr. David Schindler specializes in family medicine and practices in Alpena, MI and Novi, MI. On average, patients gave Dr. Schindler a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include hypnosis (hypnotherapy), gynecological problems, and diabetes. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schindler attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Providence Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and Henry Ford Health System.

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Dr. Bnan A Razoky, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
6014 Quaker Hill Drive
West Bloomfield, MI

Dr. Bnan Razoky works as an internist and geriatrician in West Bloomfield, MI and Sterling Heights, MI. Her clinical interests include pap test, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Razoky is in-network for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, Cofinity, and more. She attended the University of Mosul College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Razoky (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Arabic, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. Dr. Razoky is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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Arvind Gulati
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
23655 Novi; Road Suite103
Novi, MI

Dr. Arvind Gulati's specialties are oral and maxillofacial pathology and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Gulati has indicated that his clinical interests include chin implants, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and chin liposuction. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Delta Dental, in addition to other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Gulati (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Gulati is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 320
Novi, MI

Dr. Srilakshmi Pinnamaraju specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Novi, MI and Pontiac, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pinnamaraju include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Pinnamaraju is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, Andhra Medical College, and Gandhi Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Pinnamaraju trained at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Pinnamaraju (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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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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