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

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

Dr. Muthanna Louis' area of specialization is hospital medicine (hospitalist). In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Louis is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program. Dr. Louis (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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 is a physician who specializes in 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 is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. George trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. George (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil.

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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 medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Stuppler include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). He is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Stuppler honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University.

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

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

Dr. Joel Topf practices adult nephrology. Dr. Topf is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient reviews placed Dr. Topf at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and Botsford Hospital.

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

Dr. Christopher Provenzano practices adult nephrology in Shelby Township, MI, Warren, MI, and Macomb, MI. In Dr. Provenzano's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Warren, MI and Macomb, MI. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Romanelli include stent placement (stenting), heart problems, and 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 is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Romanelli's education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.

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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 practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Weldon graduated from CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and then he performed his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is especially interested in heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. He accepts AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

Dr. Maan Askar's specialty is family medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Askar at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and general care. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Askar speaks Arabic.

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

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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bellovich include holistic medicine, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bellovich attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Vandellen is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Vandellen attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She 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.