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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 works as an internist in Southfield, MI and Livonia, MI. Dr. Alsaadi speaks Arabic. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia, Botsford Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System. He is a graduate of the University of Baghdad, Baghdad College of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more.

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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 is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Johnston include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Johnston's professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Albany Medical College, he 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. Laris Edgar Galejs, MD
Specializes in Urology
14800 Farmington Road; Suite 103
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Laris Galejs is an urologist in Howell, MI, Brighton, MI, and Novi, MI. He graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Galejs's areas of expertise include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Galejs honors. In addition to English, Dr. Galejs speaks Latvian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Walter John Cukrowski, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
14555 Levan Road; Suite E-101
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Walter Cukrowski works as an ophthalmologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cukrowski include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Cukrowski completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Cukrowski is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Hurley Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Alison Granados practices adult infectious disease in Sterling Heights, MI, Plymouth, MI, and Southfield, MI. She is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Granados trained at Beaumont Hospitals for her residency. She is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Granados honors AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Harston-Ledoux's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and general care. Her professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Providence Health System, and Henry Ford Health System. She attended 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 medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Harston-Ledoux is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Harston-Ledoux is an in-network provider for AARP, 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, Preventive Care, General Care

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

Dr. Gregory McIntosh's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include 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 attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for residency. Dr. McIntosh accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Tulin-Silver is a specialist in adult allergy & immunology. He works in West Bloomfield, MI and Livonia, MI. He has indicated that his clinical interests include drug allergy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and asthma. Patients gave Dr. Tulin-Silver an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Tulin-Silver completed residency programs at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Botsford Hospital.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease). He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Eliya's training includes a residency program at Beaumont Hospitals. His areas of expertise include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), cryotherapy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Eliya (or staff) is conversant in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Eliya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Botsford Hospital.

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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 specializes in family medicine and practices in Livonia, MI. Patients gave Dr. Deighton an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and general care. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System. He honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Deighton studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at Providence Hospital for his residency.

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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. On average, patients gave Dr. Khanna a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Khanna focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur. For her professional training, Dr. Khanna completed a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Khanna (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Anna Babushkina's specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. She practices in Warren, MI and Livonia, MI. Dr. Babushkina (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Russian. Dr. Babushkina's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, joint injections, and arthritis. She is professionally affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. She attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Babushkina honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

Dr. Ambujam Krishnan sees patients in Livonia, MI. Her medical specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Krishnan attended Gandhi Medical College and Osmania Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for residency. Her areas of expertise include the following: leukemia, lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krishnan honors. In addition to English, Dr. Krishnan (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her professional 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 is an orthopedic surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Khoury's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, total joint replacement, and fractures (broken bones). He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as 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. His professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Providence Health System.

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

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

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

Dr. Harvey Leo is a pediatric allergist and immunologist. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Leo's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leo honors. He speaks Cantonese. Dr. Leo's professional affiliations include Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. John Providence Health System, and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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

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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.