We found 50 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan near Plymouth, MI.

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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's specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. She practices in Warren, MI and Livonia, MI. Dr. Babushkina's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, joint injections, and arthritis. AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Babushkina accepts. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Babushkina (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. Dr. Babushkina is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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

Dr. William Johnston specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Livonia, MI, Howell, MI, and Saint Clair Shores, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Johnston honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Garden City Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

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

Dr. Michael Redmond works as a surgical dermatologist in Livonia, MI. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Redmond's clinical interests include contact dermatitis, holistic medicine, and rosacea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. AARP, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, and Cofinity are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Redmond honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

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Dr. Walter John Cukrowski, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
14555 Levan Road; Suite 101e, Marian Professional Building
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Walter Cukrowski is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Southfield, MI, Dearborn, MI, and Livonia, MI. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Cukrowski's professional affiliations include McLaren Health Care, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Amy Brode is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Macomb, MI, Livonia, MI, and Warren, MI. These areas are among Dr. Brode's clinical interests: endourologic procedures, female urologic disorders, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing her residency at Botsford Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Dr. Brode attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Brode speaks Hebrew. She is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Dr. Mario Julio-Correia De Meireles, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
42000; 7 Mile Road
Northville, MI
 

Dr. Mario Demeireles specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Dearborn, MI, Northville, MI, and Farmington, MI. In addition to English, Dr. Demeireles (or staff) speaks Hindi and Portuguese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Demeireles include holistic medicine, ankle brachial index (ABI), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He graduated from Goa Medical College. Patients gave Dr. Demeireles an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for McLaren Health Plan, AARP, Cofinity, and more.

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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 specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology and practices in Livonia, MI. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Krishnan include leukemia, lung cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Krishnan studied medicine at Gandhi Medical College and Osmania Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Krishnan (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Krishnan is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Krishnan's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Howard Blake Adelson, DO
Specializes in Ophthalmology
41620 6 Mile Road; Suite 102
Northville, MI
 

Dr. Howard Adelson is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in conductive keratoplasty (CK), eyelid surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. After attending Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Adelson completed his residency training at Metropolitan Hospital. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Ali Alsaadi's medical specialty is general internal medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Alsaadi obtained his medical school training at the University of Baghdad, Baghdad College of Medicine and performed his residency at Providence Hospital. He is conversant in Arabic. His professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Dr. Stacy Lynn ODowd, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
17197 N Laurel Park Drive; Suite 540
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Stacy O'Dowd's area of specialization is family medicine. She has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and general care. Dr. O'Dowd's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and Henry Ford Health System. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Providence Hospital. Dr. O'Dowd is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
14555 Levan; Suite E101
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Mark Rubinstein is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Rubinstein include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Rubinstein has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
12660; 10 Mile Road
Northville, MI
 

Dr. Nathan Bloch is a family medicine practitioner. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and echocardiogram (echo). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bloch is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Botsford Hospital. Dr. Bloch is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Echocardiogram, Weight Loss, Stress Management, X-Rays

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

Dr. Vijaya Kotha is an addiction medicine and psychiatry specialist in Warren, MI, Westland, MI, and Mount Clemens, MI. After completing medical school at Gandhi Medical College, Dr. Kotha performed his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit. He has indicated that his clinical interests include psychotic disorder, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mood disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, AARP, and Cofinity. Dr. Kotha (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Kotha's professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Dr. Salwan Paul Anton, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
37799 Professional Center Drive; Suite 105
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Salwan Anton is a cardiologist in South Lyon, MI and Livonia, MI. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include heart problems, holter monitoring, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anton takes. He attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Garden City Hospital and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18829 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Rosemary Aquiler specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Livonia, MI and Farmington, MI. Dr. Aquiler is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. She accepts AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Aquiler (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish.

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

Dr. Victoria Nicole Dooley, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21580 Novi Road; Suite 200
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Victoria Dooley is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Dooley is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, skin issues, and women's health issues. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Dooley studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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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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