We found 54 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan near Plymouth, MI.

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

Dr. Michael Redmond's specialty is surgical dermatology. His areas of expertise include contact dermatitis, holistic medicine, and rosacea. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Redmond is an in-network provider for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
14555 Levan; Suite E101
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Mark Rubinstein is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Southfield, MI, Livonia, MI, and Dearborn, MI. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rubinstein include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Rubinstein is an in-network provider for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Dr. Rubinstein is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Implant Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vijaya Gopal Kotha, MD
Specializes in Addiction Medicine, Psychiatry
33545 Cherry Hill
Westland, MI
 

Dr. Vijaya Kotha sees patients in Warren, MI, Westland, MI, and Mount Clemens, MI. His medical specialties are addiction medicine and psychiatry. Dr. Kotha is especially interested in psychotic disorder, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mood disorders. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended Gandhi Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit. Dr. Kotha (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Kotha is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System.

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Dr. Randall David Sternberg, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
37595 7 Mile Road; Suite 340
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Randall Sternberg is an internist in Livonia, MI. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Sternberg is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sternberg trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Sternberg is professionally affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Providence Health System.

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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 physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Babushkina (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Russian. Her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, joint injections, and arthritis. Dr. Babushkina is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. She attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Hospital for residency. Dr. Babushkina is an in-network provider for AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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

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

Dr. Farid Jano works as an urologist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Jano include cancer surgery, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and prosthetics. Dr. Jano accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Jano is conversant in Arabic. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Prosthetics, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Laris Galejs works as an urologist. In addition to English, Dr. Galejs speaks Latvian. These areas are among his clinical interests: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Galejs accepts.

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

Dr. William Johnston's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Johnston's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

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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 101e, Marian Professional Building
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Walter Cukrowski is an ophthalmologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Cukrowski include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Cukrowski is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Hurley Medical Center.

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

Dr. Ambujam Krishnan is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She works in Livonia, MI. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Krishnan include leukemia, lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP). Dr. Krishnan studied medicine at Gandhi Medical College and Osmania Medical College. Her residency was performed at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Krishnan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Krishnan is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Providence Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Stephen Willard Bishop, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17940 Farmington Road; Suite 140
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Stephen Bishop's specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Bishop average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bishop include labor and delivery (childbirth) and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Bishop accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Providence Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Labor and Delivery

Dr. Mohammed Ali Arsiwala, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2050 N. Haggerty Road; Suite 140
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Mohammed Arsiwala works as a general internist. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Arsiwala include contact dermatitis, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and fractures (broken bones). Dr. Arsiwala honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arsiwala graduated from Deccan College of Medical Sciences and Osmania Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Arsiwala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Telugu, and Gujarati. Dr. Arsiwala's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. John Providence Health System.

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

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

Dr. Ali Alsaadi practices general internal medicine in Southfield, MI and Livonia, MI. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alsaadi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Providence Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He graduated from the University of Baghdad, Baghdad College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Providence Hospital. He speaks Arabic.

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Dr. Jeffrey J Kimpson, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
22255 Greenfield Road; Suite 500
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Jeffrey Kimpson is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Providence Hospital for residency. Dr. Kimpson's clinical interests include back pain, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and neck pain. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kimpson is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18829 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Rosemary Aquiler's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Aquiler studied medicine at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Her areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Aquiler accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Aquiler (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC).

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Weight Loss

Dr. Amy Lynn Opperer Brode, DO
Specializes in Urology
17405 Hall Road; Suite B
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Amy Brode works as an urologist. She speaks Hebrew. Her areas of expertise consist of endourologic procedures, female urologic disorders, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Brode is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. She attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Botsford Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Brode accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more.

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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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