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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's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Before completing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Frontera attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, kidney problems, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Frontera takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is conversant in Spanish. 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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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Dharti Sheth's area of specialization is general surgery. Dr. Sheth (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sheth include breast surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gastrointestinal surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Sheth graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. She is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. David Butcher practices adult nephrology. Before completing his residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit, Dr. Butcher attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and electrocardiogram (EKG). Dr. Butcher is rated highly by his patients. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. 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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Dr. Christopher Robert Provenzano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
11900 E. 12 Mile Road; Suite 205
Shelby Twp, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Provenzano is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Provenzano include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Dr. Provenzano accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals.

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

Dr. Brian Guz is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of female urologic disorders, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and kidney problems. Dr. Guz is affiliated with 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. Guz studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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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 is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Sterling Heights, MI and Roseville, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Weldon is affiliated with St. John's Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. He trained at Orlando Regional Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Weldon speaks Spanish.

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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. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Browne has a special interest in holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Before performing her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Browne attended the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Browne accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers.

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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). Clinical interests for Dr. Razoky include pap test, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Razoky's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System. She honors Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Razoky attended medical school at the University of Mosul College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Razoky trained at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Razoky (or staff) is conversant in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Arabic, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Madison Heights, MI and Troy, MI. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Langnas include diabetes, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Langnas accepts. He attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Langnas is professionally 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's specialty is adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kawa include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. He accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kawa graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 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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Dr. Marc Oliver Gosselin, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
46591 Romeo Plank Road; Suite 133
Macomb, MI
 

Dr. Marc Gosselin specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Gosselin's areas of expertise include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and echocardiogram (echo). Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gosselin honors. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Gosselin attended the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His professional 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.