We found 11 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 physiatrist and electrodiagnostic medicine specialist. Before performing his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, Dr. Arbit attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include electrophysiological (EP) study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. Dr. Arbit's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Arbit has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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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 specialist in foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. He works in Oak Park, MI, Novi, MI, and Southfield, MI. Dr. Qureshi's medical residency was performed at Providence Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors 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. Dr. Qureshi is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He welcomes new patients.

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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 gastroenterologist. Dr. Rasansky's clinical interests include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis C. He is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Rasansky speaks Yiddish.

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

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

Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Ferndale, MI, Milford, MI, and Commerce Township, MI. For his residency, Dr. Lefkowitz trained at Detroit Receiving Hospital. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, foot reconstruction, and growth plate injuries. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lefkowitz accepts. Dr. Lefkowitz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, German, and Yiddish. Dr. Lefkowitz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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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). Before performing his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, Dr. Grey attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Grey has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and LASIK. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Grey's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

Dr. Dwight Gammons works as a family medicine practitioner in Waterford, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Royal Oak, MI. His areas of clinical interest consist of substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mood disorders. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Dr. Gammons studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. Dr. Gammons is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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

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. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Taghavi include substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and ultrasound (sonogram). Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Taghavi takes. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Providence Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Taghavi speaks Persian. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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

Dr. Oleh Bolukh is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Bolukh's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and biopsy. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Ternopil State Medical University. His medical residency was performed at Doctors' Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Bolukh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian. Dr. Bolukh is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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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 medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Roth's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, sports health, and spine problems. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, and St. John Providence Health System. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit for residency. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Roth has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

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. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Salama is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Salama (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Yiddish, and French.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Levine include colposcopy, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Dr. Levine is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine and a graduate of Sparrow Hospital's residency program. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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