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We found 14 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Humana Silver near Cypress, TX.

Dr. Mark Menefee Mettauer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
21212 Northwest Freeway; Suite 305
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Mark Mettauer works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and chest surgeon in The Woodlands, TX, Cypress, TX, and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), aortic aneurysm, and heart valve disease. Dr. Mettauer is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Mettauer is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Clifford Mark Kitten, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
21212 Northwest Freeway; Suite 305
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Kitten is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Kitten is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kitten include aortic aneurysm, heart valve disease, and valvuloplasty. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Kitten speaks Spanish. Dr. Kitten's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Krishna Kumar Raman, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
21212 N.w. Freeway; #355
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Krishna Raman is an adult nephrology specialist. Dr. Raman studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Raman (or staff) speaks Tamil and Hindi. Dr. Raman is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Dialysis

Dr. Georgina Loya, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7825 Highway 6 N; Suite 107
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Georgina Loya is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Loya's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Loya's clinical interests include women's health issues. Dr. Loya takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Loya attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Loya's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Loya is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Loya is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Women's Health Issues, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Janette Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13203 Fry Road; Suite 800
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Janette Nguyen's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Nguyen studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, adolescent issues, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Nguyen is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Vietnamese. She is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Yamini Bharat Naygandhi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
21216 Northwest Freeway; Suite 360
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Yamini Naygandhi's specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Naygandhi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. In her practice, Dr. Naygandhi focuses on adolescent issues and physical exams. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. She obtained her medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital, and S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack and performed her residency at Jersey City Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Naygandhi is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Naygandhi accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Physical Exams, Surgical Procedures, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Bond Staton, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
13611 Skinner Road; Suite 240
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Staton is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Staton is especially interested in throat problems, ear problems, and nose problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. In addition to English, Dr. Staton speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

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Dr. Tamyra Yvette Comeaux, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
27150 Us Hwy 290; Suite 500
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Tamyra Comeaux is a medical specialist in general gynecology. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Comeaux accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Comeaux is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Surgical Procedures

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
21212 Northwest Freeway; Suite 405
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Debauche's area of specialization is adult cardiology. After attending the University of Toledo College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Debauche's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Debauche accepts. Dr. Debauche (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Surgical Procedures

Dr. Joseph Samuel Iii Montgomery III, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
21212 Northwest Freeway; Suite 315
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Montgomery specializes in general gynecology. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: laparoscopic hysterectomy, pap test, and vaginal prolapse. Patient reviews placed Dr. Montgomery at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Montgomery takes. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Montgomery is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13203 Fry Road; Suite 800
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Hoan Ngo's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Ngo speaks Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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Specializes in Family Medicine
21216 Northwest Freeway; Suite 360
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Arun Kumar's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Kumar is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Darbhanga Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Kumar (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Kumar is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Farhina Khan Imtiaz, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
9533 Huffmeister Road; #a
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Farhina Imtiaz practices general gynecology in Houston, TX. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Imtiaz has indicated that her clinical interests include high risk pregnancy. She is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Imtiaz honors. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Medical Center for residency. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, High Risk Pregnancy, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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Specializes in General Gynecology
21212 Northwest Freeway; Suite 635
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Castillo works as a general gynecologist in Houston, TX and Cypress, TX. Patients gave Dr. Castillo an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Castillo (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Surgical Procedures

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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.