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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 specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and electrodiagnostic medicine and practices in Rochester, MI, Commerce Township, MI, and Bloomfield Hills, MI. Dr. Arbit obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and 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. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arbit takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He 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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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Taghavi has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. His education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Providence Hospital and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Taghavi 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 is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngic allergy specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Schwartzenfeld include bell's palsy, eyelid surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Botsford Hospital, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Schwartzenfeld is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at 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 is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Bloomfield Hills, MI and Bloomfield Township, MI. Dr. Grey's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Grey include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, glaucoma, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Dr. Grey's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hepatitis C. Dr. Rasansky accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 is conversant in Yiddish. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Robert Craig Levine, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Urgent Care
50 N Perry Street
Pontiac, MI
 

Dr. Robert Levine's specialties are family medicine and urgent care. Dr. Levine's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include colposcopy, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. John Providence Health System. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levine takes. Dr. Levine obtained his medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Sparrow Hospital.

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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 specializes in family medicine. Dr. Bolukh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and biopsy. Dr. Bolukh's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), as well as other insurance carriers.

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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, who practices in Rochester, MI, Commerce Twsp, MI, and Bloomfield Hills, MI, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, neck pain, and sports health. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP). Dr. Roth's education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Dr. Roth has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. He 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 is a facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngic allergist. He obtained his medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Brandes include hearing loss, thyroid problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Brandes has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Brandes accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is affiliated with 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. Shahzad S Qureshi, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
3000 Orchard Lake Road; Suite A
Oak Park, MI
 

Dr. Shahzad Qureshi's medical specialty is foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. Dr. Qureshi trained at Providence Hospital for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, holistic medicine, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Qureshi (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Qureshi is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Dwight Gammons' specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include substance abuse, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mood disorders. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Gammons graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Gammons 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 specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Patients rated Dr. Lefkowitz highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, foot reconstruction, and growth plate injuries. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Botsford Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Lefkowitz accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. His residency was performed at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Dr. Lefkowitz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, German, and Yiddish.

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

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

Dr. Daniel Salama works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. In his practice, Dr. Salama focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Salama takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. For his residency, Dr. Salama trained at Oakwood Healthcare System. Dr. Salama (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Yiddish. His professional affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Detroit Medical Center (DMC), and Oakwood Hospital - Wayne.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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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.