We found 13 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Aetna near Waterford, MI.

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 physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and electrodiagnostic medicine specialist. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: electrophysiological (EP) study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. Dr. Arbit takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Dr. Arbit attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Arbit has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. He 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. Nasser Taghavi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
522 West Commerce
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. Nasser Taghavi practices general internal medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and ultrasound (sonogram). The average patient rating for Dr. Taghavi is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Providence Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Taghavi speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Substance Abuse, Ultrasound, Bone Density Test, Weight ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ted Schwartzenfeld, who practices in Madison Heights, MI, Farmington, MI, and Warren, MI, is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngic allergy. His areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, eyelid surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Schwartzenfeld takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Before completing his residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Dr. Schwartzenfeld attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schwartzenfeld is affiliated with 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. 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). Dr. Grey has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and LASIK. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Patients rated Dr. Grey highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grey accepts.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, ... (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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of clinical interest consist of ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis C. Dr. Rasansky's professional affiliations include McLaren Health Care, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Rasansky speaks Yiddish.

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

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

Dr. Robert Levine sees patients in Detroit, MI, Ferndale, MI, and Rochester, MI. His medical specialties are family medicine and urgent care. His 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. Dr. Levine is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Levine's education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at Sparrow Hospital. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Preventive Care, Holistic Medicine, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Oleh Bolukh practices family medicine in Warren, MI, Waterford, MI, and Lake Orion, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Bolukh honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP). Before performing his residency at Doctors' Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Bolukh attended Ternopil State Medical University for medical school. Dr. Bolukh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian.

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

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

Dr. Brian Roth is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. These areas are among Dr. Roth's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, sports health, and spine problems. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Roth is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Henry Ford Health System.

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

Dr. Warren Brandes' areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngic allergy. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Brandes's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Brandes is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Botsford Hospital, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System.

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All Interests: Chin Surgery, Facelift, Sinus Problems, Brow Lift, Facial Problems, Snoring, Restylane, Revision ... (Read more)

Dr. Shahzad S Qureshi, MD
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. Clinical interests for Dr. Qureshi include minimally invasive surgery, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Qureshi is open to new patients. For his residency, Dr. Qureshi trained at Providence Hospital. Dr. Qureshi (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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

Dr. Dwight Gammons' medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Gammons is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals' residency program. His clinical interests encompass substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mood disorders. He accepts AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Gammons is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery; he sees patients in Ferndale, MI, Milford, MI, and Commerce Township, MI. Dr. Lefkowitz (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, German, and Yiddish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lefkowitz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, foot reconstruction, and growth plate injuries. Dr. Lefkowitz is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Botsford Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System. He completed his residency training at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lefkowitz is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Daniel Salama practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. Salama's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Salama trained at Oakwood Healthcare System. Dr. Salama (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Yiddish. He is affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Detroit Medical Center (DMC), and Oakwood Hospital - Wayne.

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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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