We found 24 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Choice near Rochester, MI.

Dr. Juan Rene Frontera-Castillo, MD
Specializes in Urology
1202 Walton Boulevard; Suite 211
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Juan Frontera is an urologist in Saint Clair Shores, MI, Utica, MI, and Rochester, MI. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Frontera focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and da vinci surgery. Dr. Frontera's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Frontera obtained his medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Geoffrey J Gladstone, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
75 Barclay Circle; Suite 105
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone is a physician who specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and collagen injections. Dr. Gladstone accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Dr. Gladstone speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System.

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Dr. Allison Kay Granados, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
1854 W. Auburn Road; Suite 200
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Alison Granados is an adult infectious disease specialist. Her clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Granados is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP). After attending Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

Dr. Thomas Joseph Forbes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1101 W University Drive
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Forbes is a pediatric cardiology specialist in Detroit, MI, Clinton Township, MI, and Rochester, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. Forbes include heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Forbes is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and St. John Providence Health System. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Creighton University for residency. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Forbes has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Problems, Newborn Care

Dr. Fadi Antwan Eliya, MD
Specializes in Urology
1701 South Boulevard E; Suite 340
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Fadi Eliya is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Livonia, MI, West Bloomfield, MI, and Commerce Township, MI. Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. His areas of expertise include the following: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Botsford Hospital. Dr. Eliya studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Paul Joseph Chuba, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Paul Chuba, who practices in Rochester, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Warren, MI, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. His professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Chuba honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Chuba speaks German.

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Dr. Jerome Edwin Seid, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1901 Star Batt Road
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Jerome Seid is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and palliative care. Dr. Seid accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Seid attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Seid's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Vinay Kunar Malviya, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Vinay Malviya is a physician who specializes in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Malviya (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Malviya's areas of expertise include the following: gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and Garden City Hospital. Before performing his residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Malviya attended Grant Medical College for medical school. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Cynthia Holland Browne, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Cynthia Browne specializes in radiation oncology. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Browne include holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Browne accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. She is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. Howard C Joondeph, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
375 Barclay Circle
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Howard Joondeph, who practices in Rochester, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI, is a medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His areas of expertise consist of macular degeneration and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Dr. Joondeph's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Joondeph is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. William John Cushing, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
44199 Dequindre Road; Suite 504
Troy, MI
 

Dr. William Cushing is an adult cardiology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Cushing include holistic medicine, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cushing graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

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Dr. Benjamin Shian-Ben Chen, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1349 South Rochester Road; Suite 125
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Benjamin Chen is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Roseville, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Rochester, MI. Dr. Chen has indicated that his clinical interests include pelvic reconstructive surgery, labor and delivery (childbirth), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is conversant in Chinese. Dr. Chen's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. Mustafa Abdul-Karim Hares, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
3100 Cross Creek Parkway; Suite 160
Auburn Hills, MI
 

Dr. Mustafa Hares works as a general surgeon in Auburn Hills, MI and Madison Heights, MI. Dr. Hares's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in obesity, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hares honors. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hares completed residency programs at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Doctors' Hospital of Michigan, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. Dr. Hares is conversant in Arabic.

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Dr. Abdulrahman R Effendi, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
42755 Mound Road
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Abdulrahman Effendi's specialty is adult nephrology. In his practice, Dr. Effendi focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hemodialysis. He is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Effendi speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Clifford Landis Weldon, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
43200 Dequindre Road; Suite 105
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Clifford Weldon is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Weldon's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is an in-network provider for AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Weldon obtained his medical school training at CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and performed his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Deborah Diane Hamby, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1349 South Rochester Road; Suite 125
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Deborah Hamby is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Hamby graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Clinical interests for Dr. Hamby include labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mammogram (breast X-ray). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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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