We found 10 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Railroad Medicare near Utica, MI.

Dr. Juan Rene Frontera-Castillo, MD
Specializes in Urology
11051 Hall Road; Suite 200
Utica, MI
 

Dr. Juan Frontera is an urologist. He speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Frontera include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and da vinci surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Frontera is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Dr. Christopher Robert Provenzano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
11900 E. 12 Mile Road; Suite 205
Shelby Twp, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Provenzano practices adult nephrology. Dr. Provenzano's areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. He is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Provenzano attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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Dr. Cynthia Holland Browne, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 103
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Cynthia Browne works as a radiation oncologist in Rochester, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Warren, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Browne include holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Browne is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Dr. David Bryan Butcher, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
45640 Schoenherr Road
Utica, MI
 

Dr. David Butcher specializes in adult nephrology. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. His areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and electrocardiogram (EKG). Dr. Butcher is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is professionally affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Brian Vaughn Guz, MD
Specializes in Urology
11051 Hall Road; Suite 200
Utica, MI
 

Dr. Brian Guz is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Guz attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. In his practice, Dr. Guz focuses on female urologic disorders, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney problems. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Guz's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Bnan A Razoky, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
34764 Dequindre Road
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Bnan Razoky's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in West Bloomfield, MI and Sterling Heights, MI. Her areas of expertise include the following: pap test, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Razoky attended medical school at the University of Mosul College of Medicine. Dr. Razoky's medical residency was performed at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Razoky (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Arabic, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System.

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Dr. Clifford Landis Weldon, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
43200 Dequindre Road; Suite 105
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Clifford Weldon works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Sterling Heights, MI and Roseville, MI. Dr. Weldon's areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is an in-network provider for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. Weldon attended CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Weldon speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Gary B Langnas, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
44199 Dequinre; Suite 518
Madison Heights, MI
 

Dr. Gary Langnas works as an internist and geriatrician in Madison Heights, MI and Troy, MI. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Langnas's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Langnas honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

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Dr. Anthony J Kawa, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
46591 Romeo Plank Road; Suite 133
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Anthony Kawa is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Saint Clair Shores, MI and Macomb, MI. His areas of expertise include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Dr. Kawa's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kawa studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Dr. Marc Oliver Gosselin, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
46591 Romeo Plank Road; Suite 133
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Marc Gosselin is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Gosselin attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gosselin has a special interest in heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and echocardiogram (echo). He is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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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.