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We found 6 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept HAP HMO near Southfield, MI.

Dr. Walter John Cukrowski, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
14555 Levan Road; Suite E101
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Walter Cukrowski is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Cukrowski completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. In his practice, Dr. Cukrowski focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Hurley Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Eric Winslow Sargent, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
3555 West 13 Mile; Suite N210
Royal Oak, MI
 

Dr. Eric Sargent's medical specialty is otology and neurotology. Dr. Sargent has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sargent include hearing loss, dizziness, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. John Hospital and Medical Center and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Sargent attended the University of Michigan Medical School.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Dizziness, Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implant

Dr. Lascelles Pinnock, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
22255 Greenfield Road; Suite 200
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Lascelles Pinnock practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Detroit, MI, Allen Park, MI, and Southfield, MI. His areas of expertise include esophageal cancer, bell's palsy, and neck reconstructive surgery. Dr. Pinnock's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Pinnock has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Neck Reconstructive Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Skin Cancer, Ear ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Alan Welch, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Providence Pavilion 22255 Greenfield; Suite 350
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Robert Welch's medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, genetic issues, and prenatal care. Dr. Welch's professional affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Welch's education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Genetic Issues, Amniocentesis, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Miscarriages, Prenatal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
24777 Greenfield
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Vladimir Klemptner practices general internal medicine in Ypsilanti, MI, Wayne, MI, and Southfield, MI. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and general care. Dr. Klemptner accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Klemptner attended Riga Stradins University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Klemptner (or staff) speaks Latvian and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Oakwood Hospital - Wayne, and St. John Providence Health System.

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

Dr. Lawrence N Diebel, MD
Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Critical Care
6071 W Outer Drive
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Lawrence Diebel practices trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Diebel include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and heart problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Diebel at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Diebel accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital.

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All Interests: Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery, Thoracic Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Cirrhosis, Sarcoma, Heart ... (Read more)

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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.