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We found 14 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Aetna near Waterford, MI.

Dr. Hanna Michel El-Khouri, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
43380 Woodward Avenue; Suite 105
West Bloomfield, MI
 

Dr. Hanna Khouri, who practices in Bloomfield Hills, MI, West Bloomfield, MI, and Dearborn, MI, is a medical specialist in pediatric cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khouri include newborn care, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and fetal echocardiography. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Khouri trained at Children's Hospital of Michigan. In addition to English, Dr. Khouri speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Garden City Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

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Dr. Nasser Taghavi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
522 West Commerce
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. Nasser Taghavi practices general internal medicine in Livonia, MI and Commerce Township, MI. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. His clinical interests include substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Taghavi is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System. Before completing his residency at Providence Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Taghavi attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Taghavi's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more.

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Dr. Ted H Schwartzenfeld, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngic Allergy
950 N. Cass Lake Road; Suite 107
Waterford, MI
 

Dr. Ted Schwartzenfeld specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngic allergy and practices in Madison Heights, MI, Farmington, MI, and Warren, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: bell's palsy, eyelid surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Schwartzenfeld honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Schwartzenfeld's professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Botsford Hospital, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Cosmetic Surgery, Sinus Problems, Sinus Surgery, Ear Problems, Nose Problems, Liposuction, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Mark Arbit, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
10 W. Square Lake Road; Suite 110
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. Steven Arbit is a rehabilitation physician and electrodiagnostic medicine specialist in Rochester, MI, Commerce Township, MI, and Bloomfield Hills, MI. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Arbit include electrophysiological (EP) study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. The average patient rating for Dr. Arbit is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Arbit's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. David S Grey, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1750 S Telegraph Road; Suite 205
Bloomfield Hills, MI
 

Dr. David Grey's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, glaucoma, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Grey has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grey honors. Dr. Grey studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Dr. Oleh Julianovich Bolukh, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5210 Highland Road; Suite 101
Waterford, MI
 

Dr. Oleh Bolukh's area of specialization is family medicine. After completing medical school at Ternopil State Medical University, Dr. Bolukh performed his residency at Doctors' Hospital of Michigan. His areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and biopsy. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bolukh (or staff) is conversant in Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian. Dr. Bolukh is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Electrocardiogram, Biopsy, Pulmonary Function Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald J Rasansky, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5701 Bow Pointe Drive Clarkston Medical Building; Suite 370
Madison Heights, MI
 

Dr. Ronald Rasansky is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He speaks Yiddish. His areas of expertise include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis C. Dr. Rasansky is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rasansky takes.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hepatitis C, Colon Problems, Ulcers, X-Rays

Dr. Warren L Brandes, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngic Allergy
950 N. Cass Lake Road; Suite 107
Waterford, MI
 

Dr. Warren Brandes is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngic allergy. He studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Brandes's areas of expertise include the following: hearing loss, thyroid problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Brandes at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Botsford Hospital and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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All Interests: Sinus Problems, Facial Problems, Snoring, Neck Problems, Hearing Loss, Removal of Skin Lesion, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Craig Levine, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Urgent Care
50 N Perry Street
Pontiac, MI
 

Dr. Robert Levine is a physician who specializes in family medicine and urgent care. His education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at Sparrow Hospital. Dr. Levine's clinical interests include colposcopy, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Levine is 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Levine is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Providence Health System.

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Dr. Brian Michael Roth, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
8391 Commerce Road; Suite 107
Commerce Twsp, MI
 

Dr. Brian Roth is a rehabilitation physician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roth include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, neck pain, and sports health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP). He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Roth is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Henry Ford Health System.

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Harvey Mark Lefkowitz
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
3050 Union Lake Road; Suite 8b
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Ferndale, MI, Milford, MI, and Commerce Township, MI. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lefkowitz's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, foot reconstruction, and growth plate injuries. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. For his professional training, Dr. Lefkowitz completed a residency program at Detroit Receiving Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Lefkowitz (or staff) speaks Hebrew, German, and Yiddish. Dr. Lefkowitz is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Botsford Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Foot Surgery, Skin Cancer, Fractures, Surgical Procedures, Ankle Surgery, Ankle Reconstruction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dwight Timothy Gammons, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
3803 Elizabeth Lake Road
Waterford, MI
 

Dr. Dwight Gammons' area of specialization is family medicine. His clinical interests include substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mood disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Gammons is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gammons honors AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Gammons attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. He is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Substance Abuse, Mood Disorders, X-Rays

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Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
6770 Dixie Highway; Suite 101
Clarkston, MI
 

Dr. Daniel Salama is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. He completed his residency training at Oakwood Healthcare System. In his practice, Dr. Salama focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Salama is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Salama (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Yiddish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Detroit Medical Center (DMC), and Oakwood Hospital - Wayne.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Shahzad S Qureshi
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
3000 Orchard Lake Road; Suite A
Oak Park, MI
 

Dr. Shahzad Qureshi's areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry; he sees patients in Oak Park, MI, Novi, MI, and Southfield, MI. Dr. Qureshi's residency was performed at Providence Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Qureshi include minimally invasive surgery, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Qureshi (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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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.