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 sees patients in The Woodlands, TX, Cypress, TX, and Houston, TX. His medical specialties are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Mettauer has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Mettauer include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and aortic aneurysm. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas Heart Institute. In addition to English, Dr. Mettauer speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Krishna Kumar Raman, MD
Specializes in Nephrology, Other
21212 Northwest Freeway; Suite 355
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Krishna Raman is a physician who specializes in nephrology (kidney disease). His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. Dr. Raman accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Raman (or staff) speaks Tamil and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Raman is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Janette Nguyen is an internist and geriatrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include diabetes, adolescent issues, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Nguyen welcomes new patients. After attending 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. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese.

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Other, Adult Pulmonology
27700 Northwest Freeway; Suite 330
Cypress, TX
 

Dr. Srinivas Vodnala's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Vodnala (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung biopsy, lung surgery, and intensive care. Dr. Vodnala is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Vodnala is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Vodnala's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Georgina Loya specializes in family medicine. In Dr. Loya's practice, Dr. Loya is particularly interested in women's health issues. Dr. Loya's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Loya is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Loya attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For Dr. Loya's professional training, Dr. Loya completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Loya is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Loya's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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

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

Dr. Thomas Debauche practices adult cardiology. The average patient rating for Dr. Debauche is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Debauche is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Debauche completed a residency program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Debauche (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Jonathan Staton specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Staton include throat problems, ear problems, and nose problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Staton studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Staton 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 sees patients in Houston, TX and Cypress, TX. Her medical specialty is general gynecology. Dr. Comeaux attended medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Comeaux completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Comeaux has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Yamini Naygandhi's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Naygandhi has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She has indicated that her clinical interests include adolescent issues and physical exams. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. She 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. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Naygandhi graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack and then she performed her residency at Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Naygandhi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Hoan Ngo practices general internal medicine. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Ngo speaks Vietnamese. He is 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 is a general gynecologist in Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Imtiaz average 3.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include high risk pregnancy. She is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. She 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. She is a graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Imtiaz is conversant in Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Montgomery is a Cypress, TX physician who specializes in general gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Montgomery include laparoscopic hysterectomy, pap test, and vaginal prolapse. Patients gave Dr. Montgomery an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Montgomery is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Montgomery is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

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

Dr. Arun Kumar sees patients in Cypress, TX. His medical specialty is family medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Kumar (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Joseph Castillo, who practices in Houston, TX and Cypress, TX, is a medical specialist in general gynecology. Dr. Castillo is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. 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. Dr. Castillo is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Castillo (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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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.

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