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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
(248) 912-1919

Dr. David Schindler practices family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Schindler include hypnosis (hypnotherapy), gynecological problems, and diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program.

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Bnan A Razoky MD
Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
6014 Quaker Hill Drive
West Bloomfield, MI
(248) 661-0288

Dr. Bnan Razoky sees patients in West Bloomfield, MI and Sterling Heights, MI. Her medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Razoky (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Arabic, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. Her areas of expertise include the following: pap test, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System. She is a graduate of the University of Mosul College of Medicine. Dr. Razoky trained at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. She is in-network for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 320
Novi, MI
(248) 662-4091; (248) 858-3526

Dr. Srilakshmi Pinnamaraju's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Pinnamaraju is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. She studied medicine at 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 Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Pinnamaraju's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Providence Health System.

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Dr. Arvind Gulati DDS
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
23655 Novi; Road Suite103
Novi, MI
(248) 348-2115

Dr. Arvind Gulati specializes in oral and maxillofacial pathology and oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Novi, MI. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Gulati accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Delta Dental, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Dr. Gulati (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: X-Ray in office / building, Accepts patients who refuse blood/blood products




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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.