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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's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. George completed his residency training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. These areas are among his clinical interests: benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney problems. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. George takes. 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 hospitalist. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After attending Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Louis completed his residency training at Providence Hospital. Dr. Louis (or staff) is conversant in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic. He is affiliated with 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 specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University, Dr. Stuppler attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 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. On average, patients gave Dr. Khanna a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Khanna focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur. For her professional training, Dr. Khanna completed a residency program at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Khanna (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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 practices adult nephrology. Dr. Provenzano is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care.

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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. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: stent placement (stenting), heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Romanelli is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Romanelli completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Topf's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. Dr. Topf's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weldon include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. He takes AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. Dr. Weldon trained at Orlando Regional Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks 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. Keith A Bellovich, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18001 E 10 Mile Road; Suite 1
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Keith Bellovich is an adult nephrologist in Roseville, MI and Detroit, MI. Dr. Bellovich is especially interested in holistic medicine, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Bellovich has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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

Dr. Maan Askar practices family medicine in Warren, MI. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and general care. Dr. Askar honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital's residency program. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Askar is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Vandellen performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. She is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vandellen honors. Her professional affiliations include 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.