We found 7 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Rochester, MI.

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Sami Asmar's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Asmar's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and women's health issues. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Dr. Asmar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Asmar's hospital/clinic 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' specialty is pediatric cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Forbes is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Forbes's 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 distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Marsheh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and ultrasound (sonogram). He is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. He attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Marsheh completed a residency program at Providence Hospital. He honors Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and AARP, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 radiation oncologist in Rochester, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Warren, MI. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Browne is especially interested in holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks 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. 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 OB/GYN. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamby include labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mammogram (breast X-ray). On average, patients gave her a rating 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. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Hamby attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Hamby's 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 is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Nehra average 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nehra 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 has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Jon Suleskey sees patients in Macomb, MI, Warren, MI, and Royal Oak, MI. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Suleskey attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, Pennsylvania, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in robotic kidney surgery, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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.

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