We found 5 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept HAP HMO near Southfield, MI.

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

Dr. Walter Cukrowski is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Southfield, MI, Dearborn, MI, and Livonia, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. Cukrowski include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Cukrowski is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Cukrowski is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in otology and neurotology. He has a special interest in hearing loss, dizziness, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sargent takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Sargent is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center and Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.

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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 specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, bell's palsy, and neck reconstructive surgery. Dr. Pinnock's professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Pinnock an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

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 encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Klemptner is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Riga Stradins University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Klemptner (or staff) speaks the following languages: Latvian and Russian. He is 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's areas of specialization are trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine); he sees patients in Detroit, MI. Dr. Diebel's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Diebel include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and heart problems. His professional affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Sinai-Grace Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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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.

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