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 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. David S Grey, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1750 S Telegraph Road; Suite 205
Bloomfield Hills, MI
 

Dr. David Grey is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Bloomfield Hills, MI and Bloomfield Township, MI. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include glaucoma, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and LASIK. Dr. Grey is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He is in-network for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Grey attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Sinai Hospital of Detroit.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Glaucoma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nasser Taghavi's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and ultrasound (sonogram). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Taghavi is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Providence Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Taghavi is conversant in Persian. He is 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 practices facial plastic surgery and otolaryngic allergy in Madison Heights, MI, Farmington, MI, and Warren, MI. Dr. Schwartzenfeld's areas of expertise include bell's palsy, eyelid surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schwartzenfeld takes. 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. Dr. Schwartzenfeld is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Oleh Bolukh's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Bolukh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian. These areas are among Dr. Bolukh's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and biopsy. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. After completing medical school at Ternopil State Medical University, Dr. Bolukh performed his residency at Doctors' Hospital of Michigan. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), and more.

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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 medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Roth has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, sports health, and spine problems. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Henry Ford Health System. His education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Dr. Roth takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Electromyography, Spine Problems

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

Dr. Shahzad Qureshi is a foot and ankle surgeon and general podiatrist in Oak Park, MI, Novi, MI, and Southfield, MI. In addition to English, Dr. Qureshi (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. These areas are among Dr. Qureshi's clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. For his professional training, Dr. Qureshi completed a residency program at Providence Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Nutrition Issues, Wounds, Exercise, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Levine's areas of specialization are family medicine and urgent care; he sees patients in Detroit, MI, Ferndale, MI, and Rochester, MI. Patient reviews placed Dr. Levine at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: colposcopy, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Providence Health System. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Sparrow Hospital.

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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 sees patients in Madison Heights, MI, Farmington, MI, and Warren, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. Brandes include eyelid surgery, thyroid problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Brandes is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. Before completing his residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Dr. Brandes attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brandes takes.

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

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 trained at Detroit Receiving Hospital for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Lefkowitz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, foot reconstruction, and growth plate injuries. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Lefkowitz (or staff) speaks Hebrew, German, and Yiddish. Dr. Lefkowitz is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) 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. Ronald J Rasansky, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5701 Bow Pointe Drive Clarkston Medical Building; Suite 370
Madison Heights, MI
 

Dr. Ronald Rasansky is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Madison Heights, MI, Clawson, MI, and Clarkston, MI. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Rasansky's clinical interests include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis C. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rasansky is conversant in Yiddish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include McLaren Health Care, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Dwight Gammons' specialty is family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gammons include substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mood disorders. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals' residency program. Dr. Gammons is 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

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 in Farmington, MI, Trenton, MI, and Dearborn, MI. In addition to English, Dr. Salama (or staff) speaks Arabic, Yiddish, and French. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Salama's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more.

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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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