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We found 55 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 sees patients in Southfield, MI and Livonia, MI. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Alsaadi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Baghdad, Baghdad College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Alsaadi completed his residency training at Providence Hospital. 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 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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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Ambujam R Krishnan, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
15140 Levan Road; Suite 40
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Ambujam Krishnan, who practices in Livonia, MI, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Krishnan is especially interested in leukemia, lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), and more. She graduated from Gandhi Medical College and Osmania Medical College and then she performed her residency at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Krishnan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Providence Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Krishnan's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Bone Problems, Leukemia, Chemotherapy, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Walter Cukrowski specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Southfield, MI, Dearborn, MI, and Livonia, MI. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Cukrowski is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cukrowski studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Jeffrey Tulin-Silver is an allergist and immunologist in West Bloomfield, MI and Livonia, MI. Dr. Tulin-Silver graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is especially interested in drug allergy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and asthma. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tulin-Silver accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Botsford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Laris Edgar Galejs, MD
Specializes in Urology
14800 Farmington Road; Suite 103
Livonia, 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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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Anna Yulyevna Babushkina, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
36622 5 Mile Road; Suite 101
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Anna Babushkina is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Babushkina (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Russian. These areas are among her clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, joint injections, and arthritis. She is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Before performing her residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Babushkina attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Babushkina accepts several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Tendonitis, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alison Granados is an adult infectious disease specialist. Her areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Granados's professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. She honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP). She graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then she performed her residency at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, Dr. Granados speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Harvey L Leo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1600 S Canton Center Road
Canton, MI
 

Dr. Harvey Leo's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Before completing his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Leo attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Leo include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leo speaks Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. John Providence Health System, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Eczema, Bronchoscopy, Allergies, Food Allergy, Asthma

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

Dr. Lisa Harston-Ledoux is an internist. Dr. Harston-Ledoux is a graduate of 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. In her practice, Dr. Harston-Ledoux focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and general care. Dr. Harston-Ledoux's patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She 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 sees patients in Macomb, MI, Livonia, MI, and Novi, MI. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. McIntosh include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and kidney problems. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He 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). His hospital/clinic affiliations include McLaren Health Care, Botsford Hospital, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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Dr. Fadi Antwan Eliya, MD
Specializes in Urology
14800 Farmington Road; Suite 103
Livonia, 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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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 works as a family practitioner in Livonia, MI. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Deighton is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and general care. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Providence Hospital. Dr. Deighton's professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Farid Jano, MD
Specializes in Urology
20200 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Farid Jano's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Jano's clinical interests include cancer surgery, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and prosthetics. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Dr. Jano takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Taghavi has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. His education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Providence Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Taghavi is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
17940 Farmington; Suite 120
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Clark Dickson is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Clinical interests for Dr. Dickson include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, tracheostomy, and tonsillectomy. Dr. Dickson is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Dickson 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.