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We found 11 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 a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Frontera's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and da vinci surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Frontera is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Dharti Sheth Zelmanski, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
50505 Schoenherr Road; Suite 280
Shelby Township, MI
 

Dr. Dharti Sheth is a specialist in general surgery. Dr. Sheth (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sheth include breast surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gastrointestinal surgery. She is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. She honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. David Butcher is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Butcher is especially interested in kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and electrocardiogram (EKG). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Butcher takes. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. Dr. Butcher'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. Brian Vaughn Guz, MD
Specializes in Urology
11051 Hall Road; Suite 200
Utica, MI
 

Dr. Brian Guz specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Guz is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. In his practice, he is particularly interested in female urologic disorders, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Guz 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. Clifford Landis Weldon, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
43200 Dequindre Road; Suite 105
Sterling Heights, 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. Cynthia Holland Browne, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 103
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Cynthia Browne is a radiation oncology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Dr. Browne performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Her areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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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 specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She practices in West Bloomfield, MI and Sterling Heights, MI. These areas are among Dr. Razoky's clinical interests: pap test, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She takes Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, Cofinity, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Mosul College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Razoky completed residency programs 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. Dr. Razoky's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System.

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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 is an internist and geriatrician in Madison Heights, MI and Troy, MI. He attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Langnas include diabetes, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Langnas is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, X-Rays

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

Dr. Anthony Kawa is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. These areas are among Dr. Kawa's clinical interests: heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kawa attended medical school 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 works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. His areas of expertise include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Gosselin's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He attended the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Dr. Gosselin honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.