We found 23 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's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Frontera's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and da vinci surgery. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Frontera takes. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Frontera's residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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

Dr. Vinay Malviya's medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Malviya (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of expertise consist of gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Malviya is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Garden City Hospital, and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Before completing his residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Malviya attended medical school at Grant Medical College. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone is a specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery. He works in Southfield, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Rochester, MI. Dr. Gladstone is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and collagen injections. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Patient ratings for Dr. Gladstone average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gladstone is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Cynthia Browne is a specialist in radiation oncology. She works in Rochester, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Warren, MI. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Her areas of expertise include holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Before performing her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Browne attended the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Howard Joondeph works as a retina specialist. Dr. Joondeph's clinical interests encompass macular degeneration and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He is in-network for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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Thomas Carl Hosey
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
44344 Dequindre; Suite 420
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Thomas Hosey works as a foot and ankle surgeon and general podiatrist. For his professional training, Dr. Hosey completed residency programs at Harrison Community Hospital and St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. In Dr. Hosey's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hosey honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Clifford Weldon practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He studied medicine at CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. Dr. Weldon's medical residency was performed at Orlando Regional Medical Center. His clinical interests include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. He honors AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Weldon is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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

Dr. Fadi Eliya is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. These areas are among Dr. Eliya's clinical interests: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Eliya takes. Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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

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

Dr. Jerome Seid's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Seid's areas of expertise consist of urologic (genitourinary) cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and palliative care. He is affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. Dr. Seid accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Thomas Forbes is a pediatric cardiologist. His clinical interests encompass heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Forbes is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Forbes's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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

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

Dr. Mustafa Hares' medical specialty is general surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Hares a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of obesity, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). His professional affiliations include Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Hares obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Doctors' Hospital of Michigan, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. He is conversant in Arabic.

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

Dr. William Cushing works as a cardiologist in Saint Clair Shores, MI, Madison Heights, MI, and Troy, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: holistic medicine, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cushing takes. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Hospital and Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Gary B Langnas, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
44199 Dequinre; Suite 518
Madison Heights, MI
 

Dr. Gary Langnas' areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Madison Heights, MI and Troy, MI. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patients gave Dr. Langnas an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Langnas is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, X-Rays

Dr. Tariq Sabir, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Tariq Sabir is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Grosse Pointe, MI, Warren, MI, and East China, MI. Before completing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Sabir attended medical school at King Edward Medical University. Dr. Sabir is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Sabir (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Sabir is professionally affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Paul Chuba works as a radiation oncologist in Rochester, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Warren, MI. He speaks German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chuba include lung cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gynecologic cancer. Dr. Chuba's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. Dr. Chuba has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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Dr. Abdulrahman R Effendi, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
44645 Mouond Road
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Abdulrahman Effendi is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Roseville, MI and Sterling Heights, MI. Dr. Effendi's areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hemodialysis. He takes AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Effendi attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Hospital and Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension, Hemodialysis, Dialysis

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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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