We found 7 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 medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Asmar has a special interest in diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and women's health issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Asmar is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center for residency. Dr. Asmar (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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

Dr. Nicolas Marsheh is an internist in Sterling Heights, MI and Warren, MI. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Providence Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Marsheh's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and ultrasound (sonogram). Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and AARP are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Marsheh accepts. Dr. Marsheh (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. Jon Francis Suleskey, DO
Specializes in Urology
3512 Primrose Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Jon Suleskey specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Macomb, MI, Warren, MI, and Royal Oak, MI. Dr. Suleskey has a special interest in robotic kidney surgery, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, Pennsylvania, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Dr. Suleskey attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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

Dr. Deborah Hamby, who practices in Roseville, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Rochester, MI, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hamby include labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mammogram (breast X-ray). She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Hamby is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hamby's education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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

Dr. Paul Nehra specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, labor and delivery (childbirth), and high risk pregnancy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Nehra attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nehra is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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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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