We found 166 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Cigna near Walled Lake, MI.

Dr. William Frank Oppat, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1 William Carls Drive; Suite 230
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. William Oppat practices general surgery and vascular surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Oppat include chronic kidney failure, renal angioplasty, and amputees. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John Providence Health System, and Detroit VA Medical Center. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Oppat has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Sclerotherapy, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Laser Treatment, Aneurysm, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Tamer Nady Boules, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Other
1 William Carols Drive; Suite 230
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. Tamer Boules specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Boules include stent placement (stenting), aortic aneurysm, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Boules obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Varicose Veins, Stent Placement, Carotid Artery ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin David Nolan, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 405
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Kevin Nolan's specialty is vascular surgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Nolan attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: leg ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and varicose veins. Dr. Nolan honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Yuliya Serge Greer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 350
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Julia Greer works as a gastroenterologist in Novi, MI and Southfield, MI. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gastroscopy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Greer honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Greer graduated from Russian State Medical University. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. She is conversant in Russian.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Gastrointestinal Problems, Endoscopic Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Dr. Janice Marie Spears, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 510
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Janice Fields practices adult gastroenterology in Farmington, MI, Warren, MI, and Novi, MI. In her practice, Dr. Fields focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, AARP, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fields is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. William Kemp Johnston III, MD
Specializes in Urology
25500 Meadowbrook Road; Suite 225
Novi, MI
 

Dr. William Johnston is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Johnston's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnston accepts. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Johnston attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Johnston is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

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All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Disorders, Gynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bethany Bethany Clary, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
28455 Haggerty; Suite 100
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Bethany Clary works as a family medicine physician. Patient ratings for Dr. Clary average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Clary's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and women's health issues. Her professional affiliations include St. John Providence Health System and Henry Ford Health System. She is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Clary is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Preventive Care, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Rola S Bokhari-Panza I, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 310
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Rola Bokhari-Panza is a pediatric allergy & immunology specialist. She is rated highly by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, asthma, and pulmonary function test (PFT). Dr. Bokhari-Panza is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Bokhari-Panza performed her residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Bokhari-Panza (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Allergies, Food Allergy, Lung Problems, Rhinitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. David C Markel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
26750 Providence Parkway; Suite 200
Novi, MI
 

Dr. David Markel practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Markel's areas of clinical interest consist of knee replacement, minimally invasive surgery, and hip surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. John Providence Health System. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Steven Mark Arbit, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
8391 Commerce Road; Suite 107
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. Steven Arbit sees patients in Rochester, MI, Commerce Township, MI, and Bloomfield Hills, MI. His medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and electrodiagnostic medicine. Patients rated Dr. Arbit highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: electrophysiological (EP) study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital for his residency. Dr. Arbit has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Arbit is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Electromyography, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alberto Julian Aviles, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
47601 Grand River Avenue; Suite B223
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Alberto Aviles is a plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Aviles's areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and body contouring. He is affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Aviles honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Aviles trained at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Lip Implants, Nipple Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
37595 Seven Mile Road; Suite 320
W. Bloomfield, MI
 

Dr. Jeffrey Tulin-Silver's area of specialization is adult allergy & immunology. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Tulin-Silver's areas of clinical interest consist of drug allergy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and asthma. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Tulin-Silver is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Drug Allergy, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Teck-Mun Mun Soo, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 215
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Teck-Mun Soo practices neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include spinal cord injuries, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and spine surgery procedures. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Soo accepts several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine. Dr. Soo trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for residency. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Soo speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. He is affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spine Surgery Procedures, X-Rays

Dr. Laris Edgar Galejs, MD
Specializes in Urology
620 Byron Road; Suite 1201
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Laris Galejs practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Novi, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Howell, MI. His areas of expertise include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Galejs is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Aetna EPO, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Galejs speaks Latvian.

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Dr. Harvey L Leo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
5333 Mcauley Drive; Suite R1018
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Harvey Leo is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, bronchoscopy, and asthma. Dr. Leo is affiliated with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and St. John Providence Health System. He accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Leo is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. He trained at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics for residency. He speaks Cantonese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Eczema, Bronchoscopy, Allergies, Food Allergy, Asthma

Dr. George L Blum, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
39525 14 Mile Road; Suite 200a
Novi, MI
 

Dr. George Blum specializes in general pediatrics. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital of Michigan and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, acne, and asthma. The average patient rating for Dr. Blum is 5.0 stars out of 5. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blum honors. He is conversant in Hungarian. Dr. Blum is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John Providence Health System, and Henry Ford Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Acne, Skin Issues, Spirometry, General Care, Asthma

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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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