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We found 57 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan near Plymouth, MI.

Dr. Ali Mohammad Alsaadi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17876 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Ali Alsaadi's specialty is general internal medicine. After attending the University of Baghdad, Baghdad College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Providence Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Alsaadi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He is conversant in Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia, Botsford Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Ultrasound, Hypertension, Echocardiogram, Weight Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. William Kemp Johnston III, MD
Specializes in Urology
14800 Farmington Road; Suite 103
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. William Johnston's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnston include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia. Dr. Johnston honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Disorders, Gynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Walter John Cukrowski, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
14555 Levan Road; Suite E-101
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Walter Cukrowski is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Cukrowski completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. In his practice, Dr. Cukrowski focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Hurley Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Laris Edgar Galejs, MD
Specializes in Urology
14800 Farmington Road; Suite 103
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Laris Galejs works as an urologist in Howell, MI, Brighton, MI, and Novi, MI. Dr. Galejs's education and training includes medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Clinical interests for Dr. Galejs include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, Cofinity, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Latvian. Dr. Galejs is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Botsford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Ultrasound, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allison Kay Granados, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
15474 Haggerty Road
Northville, MI
 

Dr. Alison Granados is an adult infectious disease specialist. Dr. Granados's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. She takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, X-Rays

Dr. Lisa Evette Harston-Ledoux, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
37595 7 Mile Road; Suite 210
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Lisa Harston-Ledoux sees patients in Livonia, MI. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and general care. Patient ratings for Dr. Harston-Ledoux average 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Harston-Ledoux completed a residency program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Harston-Ledoux is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Providence Health System, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Preventive Care, General Care

Dr. Gregory Victor McIntosh, MD, DO
Specializes in Urology
14800 Farmington Road; Suite 108
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Gregory McIntosh's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and kidney problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include McLaren Health Care, Botsford Hospital, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. McIntosh is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
37595 7 Mile Road; Suite 320
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Jeffrey Tulin-Silver is an adult allergy & immunology specialist. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tulin-Silver include drug allergy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and asthma. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Botsford Hospital. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tulin-Silver takes. Before performing his residency at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Tulin-Silver attended Boston University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Fadi Antwan Eliya, MD
Specializes in Urology
14800 Farmington Road; Suite 103
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Fadi Eliya works as an urologist in Livonia, MI, West Bloomfield, MI, and Commerce Township, MI. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eliya include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), cryotherapy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Eliya is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Botsford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin G Deighton, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
37595 7 Mile Road; Suite 210
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Kevin Deighton practices family medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and general care. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Deighton obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Providence Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, General Care

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
36123 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Aneeta Khanna's specialty is general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Khanna is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Dr. Khanna is a graduate of R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur and a graduate of Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University's residency program. Dr. Khanna (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
15140 Levan Road; Suite 40
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Ambujam Krishnan is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Krishnan is a graduate of Gandhi Medical College and Osmania Medical College and a graduate of Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center's residency program. Her clinical interests include leukemia, lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Krishnan (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Providence Health System.

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Dr. Elie George Khoury, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14555 Levan Road; Suite 116
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Elie Khoury works as an orthopedist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, total joint replacement, and fractures (broken bones). Dr. Khoury's professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Providence Health System. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Dr. Nasser Taghavi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
522 W. Commerce
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Nasser Taghavi's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Taghavi's clinical interests include substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and ultrasound (sonogram). He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System. Before performing his residency at Providence Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Taghavi attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Taghavi a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more.

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Dr. Michael J Redmond, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
16826 Newburgh Road
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Michael Redmond is a Livonia, MI physician who specializes in surgical dermatology. Dr. Redmond's clinical interests include contact dermatitis, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Redmond is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Jacqueline G Appiah, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
37595 7 Mile Road; Suite 220
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Jacqueline Appiah's area of specialization is family medicine. She attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. In her practice, she is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and general care. Dr. Appiah is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Providence Health System, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, General Care

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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.