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 is a specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist). He works in Fraser, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Detroit, MI. Dr. Louis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Louis is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He attended Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Providence Hospital for residency. Dr. Louis is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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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's specialty is adult nephrology. His clinical interests include holistic medicine, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Bellovich's professional affiliations include McLaren Health Care, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Bellovich attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He accepts Aetna EPO, Amerigroup, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bellovich has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Christopher Provenzano is a specialist in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Dr. Provenzano's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Provenzano accepts. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program.

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

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

Dr. Stephen Stuppler is a Saint Clair Shores, MI physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). In his practice, Dr. Stuppler focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Stuppler is professionally affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University, Dr. Stuppler attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Valal George's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. George honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. George completed a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. George (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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Dr. Clifford L 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. He is conversant in Spanish. In Dr. Weldon's practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. 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 is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Port Huron, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Huron, MI. After completing medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Vandellen performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. In her practice, she is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Vandellen takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System.

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

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

Dr. Maan Askar's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Askar's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Askar studied medicine at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. He speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Michael Romanelli is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romanelli include stent placement (stenting), heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Romanelli attended Yale School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Romanelli is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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

Dr. Joel Topf is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Topf's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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