We found 33 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Rochester, MI.

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

Dr. Juan Frontera is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Saint Clair Shores, MI, Rochester, MI, and Utica, MI. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Frontera attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Frontera include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and da vinci surgery. Dr. Frontera accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Frontera's hospital/clinic affiliations include Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System.

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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. Steven Mark Arbit, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
1135 West University Drive; Suite 425
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Steven Arbit is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and electrodiagnostic medicine specialist. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Arbit include electrophysiological (EP) study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. Dr. Arbit's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arbit is in-network for Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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Dr. Sami Elias Al Assmar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Sami Asmar's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and women's health issues. Dr. Asmar takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Asmar trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center for residency. Dr. Asmar (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. He is affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System.

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

Dr. Vinay Malviya works as a gynecologic oncologist in Southfield, MI, Rochester, MI, and Novi, MI. Dr. Malviya (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is especially interested in gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Malviya is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Garden City Hospital, and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. He studied medicine at Grant Medical College. His residency was performed at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Malviya at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 sees patients in Southfield, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Rochester, MI. His medical specialty is ophthalmic plastic surgery. Dr. Gladstone's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and collagen injections. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gladstone completed a residency program at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Botox Injection, CO2 Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Cynthia Browne's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Browne include holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Browne is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus.

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

Dr. Howard Joondeph sees patients in Rochester, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI. His medical specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His areas of expertise include the following: macular degeneration and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Joondeph is an in-network provider for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Dr. Jefrey Ralph Alan Fishman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 250
Troy, MI
 

Dr. Jefrey Fishman sees patients in Troy, MI and Novi, MI. His medical specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fishman include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Fishman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Valal K George, MD
Specializes in Urology
1202 Walton Boulevard; Suite 211
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Valal George's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. George honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. George completed a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. George (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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

Dr. Thomas Hosey is a foot and ankle surgeon and general podiatrist in Clinton Township, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Mount Clemens, MI. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. Dr. Hosey completed his residency training at Harrison Community Hospital and St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. Patients rated Dr. Hosey highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Fadi Eliya is an urologist in Saint Clair Shores, MI, West Bloomfield, MI, and Livonia, MI. These areas are among Dr. Eliya's clinical interests: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Eliya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Eliya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Garden City Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

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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, who practices in Grosse Pointe, MI, Macomb, MI, and Warren, MI, is a medical specialist 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. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Seid obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Seid's professional affiliations include Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System.

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

Dr. Thomas Forbes is a medical specialist in pediatric cardiology. In his practice, Dr. Forbes focuses on heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Creighton University, Dr. Forbes attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Forbes is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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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 is a general surgery specialist in Auburn Hills, MI and Madison Heights, MI. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at Pontiac General Hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Damascus. Clinical interests for Dr. Hares include obesity, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Hares's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hares honors. In addition to English, Dr. Hares speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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

Dr. William Cushing is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Saint Clair Shores, MI and Troy, MI. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Cushing attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with 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 practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Madison Heights, MI and Troy, MI. He has a special interest in diabetes, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Dr. Langnas is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Langnas is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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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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