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We found 8 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Rochester, MI.

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. The average patient rating for Dr. Asmar is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Asmar include diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive care. Dr. Asmar's professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Asmar obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Dr. Asmar (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French.

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Dr. Nicolas Atif Marsheh, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Nicolas Marsheh sees patients in Sterling Heights, MI and Warren, MI. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and preventive care. Dr. Marsheh accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and AARP. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Marsheh's medical residency was performed at Providence Hospital. Dr. Marsheh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. His professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital 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 pediatric cardiology specialist. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Forbes include heart problems, newborn care, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Forbes honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and St. John Providence Health System.

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

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

Dr. Cynthia Browne is a radiation oncology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Dr. Browne performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Her areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. David Lynn Falconer, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
375 Barclay Circle
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. David Falconer works as an ophthalmologist and head and neck plastic surgeon. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Falconer completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Falconer include plastic surgery procedures, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Falconer accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

Dr. Deborah Hamby is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hamby's areas of clinical interest consist of labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mammogram (breast X-ray). She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Hamby attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1349 S Rochester Road; Suite 125
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Paul Nehra practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Roseville, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Rochester, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nehra include menopause, labor and delivery (childbirth), and high risk pregnancy. The average patient rating for Dr. Nehra is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nehra takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Nehra attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. Jon Francis Suleskey, DO
Specializes in Urology
3512 Primrose Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Jon Suleskey's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among Dr. Suleskey's clinical interests: robotic kidney surgery, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, Pennsylvania, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, 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.