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We found 4 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept United Healthcare Silver HMO near Hermitage, PA.

Dr. Chris Cecil Cook, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2000 Memorial Drive; Suite B
Farrell, PA
 

Dr. Chris Cook specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Cook's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cook honors. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Mercy.

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
875 N. Hermitage Road
Hermitage, PA
 

Dr. Sandeep Kathju practices plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Pittsburgh, PA, Cranberry, PA, and Hermitage, PA. Dr. Kathju is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Kathju trained at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for residency. He is affiliated with UPMC Horizon, UPMC McKeesport, and UPMC Passavant.

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Dr. Marc Edward Brozovich, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery
2500 Highland Road; Suite 105, Upmc Specialty, Suite, Kerrwood Place
Hermitage, PA
 

Dr. Marc Brozovich is a general surgeon, surgical oncologist, and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Brozovich obtained his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed his residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Brozovich include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with UPMC Northwest, UPMC St. Margaret, and UPMC Passavant.

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Dr. Robert Page Edwards, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Other
875 N. Hermitage Road
Hermitage, PA
 

Dr. Robert Edwards is a physician who specializes in gynecologic oncology. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for residency. In his practice, Dr. Edwards focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Hamot, and UPMC Mercy.

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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.