We found 4 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Mail Handlers Benefit Plan near South Lyon, MI.

Dr. Salwan Paul Anton, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
12660; 10 Mile Road
South Lyon, MI
 

Dr. Salwan Anton is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Anton's areas of expertise include heart problems, holter monitoring, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Garden City Hospital, Botsford Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
12660; 10 Mile Road
South Lyon, MI
 

Dr. Marsha Billes works as a family practitioner. She has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Billes average 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Billes studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Billes trained at Botsford Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks French. She is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Botsford Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Weight Loss, Stress Management, X-Rays

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Specializes in Family Medicine
210 N Lafayette Street
South Lyon, MI
 

Dr. Jonathon Wolocko's area of specialization is family medicine. In his practice, Dr. Wolocko focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Providence Hospital. Dr. Wolocko is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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Specializes in Family Medicine
12660; 10 Mile Road
South Lyon, MI
 

Dr. Nathan Bloch practices family medicine in Northville, MI and South Lyon, MI. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Bloch is professionally affiliated with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Botsford Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bloch's residency was performed at Botsford Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Echocardiogram, Weight Loss, Stress Management, 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.