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We found 11 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Total Health Care HMO near Roseville, MI.

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

Dr. Valal George practices urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. George include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney problems. Dr. George accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. Dr. George (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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

Dr. Muthanna Louis is a hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Louis include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Louis takes. Dr. Louis is a graduate of Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine. He trained at Providence Hospital for residency. Dr. Louis (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. Dr. Louis's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Stephen Stuppler is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Stuppler obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stuppler honors. He is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
28567 Ryan Road
Eastpointe, MI
 

Dr. Aneeta Khanna's specialty is general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Khanna is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Dr. Khanna is a graduate of R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur and a graduate of Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University's residency program. Dr. Khanna (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension

Dr. Christopher Robert Provenzano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18001 10 Mile Road; Suite 1
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Provenzano is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Provenzano include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Dr. Provenzano accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals.

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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 sees patients in Warren, MI and Macomb, MI. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Romanelli include stent placement (stenting), heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Romanelli's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Romanelli's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Dr. Joel Topf works as a nephrologist. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Topf completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Topf's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Topf average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Topf is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Botsford Hospital.

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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 is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Sterling Heights, MI and Roseville, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Weldon is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. He trained at Orlando Regional Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Weldon speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Keith Bellovich is a nephrologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bellovich include holistic medicine, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with McLaren Macomb, St. John's Hospital, and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Dr. Bellovich is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Maan Askar's area of specialization is family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Askar speaks Arabic. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He attended Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Askar average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, General Care

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

Dr. Susan Vandellen's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients gave Dr. Vandellen an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Vandellen is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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.