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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 practices general internal medicine in Warren, MI and Sterling Heights, MI. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Asmar trained at McLaren Regional Medical Center for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Asmar include diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive care. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Asmar accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Asmar (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. His professional affiliations include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System.

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

Dr. Nicolas Marsheh is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Providence Hospital. Dr. Marsheh's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and preventive care. He honors Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and AARP, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Marsheh (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. His 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric cardiology. He attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. Dr. Forbes's clinical interests encompass heart problems, newborn care, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Forbes is affiliated with 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. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Browne has a special interest in holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, 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. Dr. Browne accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is an ophthalmology (eye disease) and head & neck plastic surgery specialist. Dr. Falconer's education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Falconer include plastic surgery procedures, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation. Dr. Falconer is 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 works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Her areas of expertise include labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mammogram (breast X-ray). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Hamby is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Hamby's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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

Dr. Paul Nehra is a medical 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. Dr. Nehra is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Nehra has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Jon Suleskey, who practices in Macomb, MI, Warren, MI, and Royal Oak, MI, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His education and training includes medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, Pennsylvania, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. His clinical interests include robotic kidney surgery, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Suleskey honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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.