We found 10 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Total Health Care HMO near Roseville, MI.

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Dr. Muthanna Louis Louis, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
17717 Masonic Boulevard
Fraser, MI
 

Dr. Muthanna Louis practices hospital medicine (hospitalist) in Fraser, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Detroit, MI. Dr. Louis's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and performed his residency at Providence Hospital. Dr. Louis (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Valal Koruthu George, MD
Specializes in Urology
20952 E 12 Mile Road; Suite 200
St Clair Shores, MI
 

Dr. Valal George's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. George trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. Dr. George (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. Stephen Allen Stuppler, MD
Specializes in Urology
20952 E 12 Mile Road; Suite 200
Saint Clair Shores, MI
 

Dr. Stephen Stuppler's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Stuppler include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Ultrasound

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18001 10 Mile Road; Suite 1
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Provenzano specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Dr. Provenzano honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Ultrasound, Hypertension, Kidney Problems

Dr. Joel Michels Topf, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18001 E 10 Mile Road; Suite 1
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Joel Topf works as an adult nephrologist. Dr. Topf's clinical interests include kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and HIV/AIDS. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Botsford Hospital. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Patient reviews placed Dr. Topf at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant.

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Dr. Clifford Landis Weldon, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
30695 Little Mack; Suite# 500
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Clifford Weldon sees patients in Sterling Heights, MI and Roseville, MI. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Weldon speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weldon accepts.

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Dr. Michael Fedele Romanelli, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
27550 Schoenherr Road; Suite 210
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Michael Romanelli specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Warren, MI and Macomb, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romanelli include stent placement (stenting), heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Romanelli studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Romanelli completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Patient ratings for Dr. Romanelli average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Maan A Askar, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
13430 East 13 Mile Road
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Maan Askar is a Warren, MI physician who specializes in family medicine. He is conversant in Arabic. Clinical interests for Dr. Askar include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He graduated from Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Askar average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Askar is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Keith A Bellovich, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18001 E 10 Mile Road; Suite 1
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Keith Bellovich is an adult nephrology specialist. He has a special interest in holistic medicine, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Bellovich is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Bellovich attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bellovich accepts Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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Dr. Susan J Van Dellen, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 303
Grosse Pointe, MI
 

Dr. Susan Vandellen is an adult rheumatology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Vandellen is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vandellen's areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Vandellen attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Polymyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitis, 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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