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We found 9 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Advantage Bronze HMO 006 near Houston, TX.

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Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Manner is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include lung cancer, anemia, and colon cancer. Dr. Manner accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Manner studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Manner is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sickle Cell Disease, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Leukemia, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Randolph Warren Evans, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1200 Binz, Suite 1370; Plaza Medical Center
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Randolph Evans practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Houston, TX. Dr. Evans's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Evans include back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Evans accepts. Dr. Evans graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Evans's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Neck Pain, Surgical Procedures, Electroencephalography, Back Pain, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Dr. Isam Yusuof Balat, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Isam Balat's areas of specialization are obstetrics and gynecology. Before performing his residency at Memorial Hermann, a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Balat attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. He has a special interest in infertility, endometriosis, and laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH). Patients gave Dr. Balat an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Balat accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Balat (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan R Stern, MD
Specializes in Urology
1213 Hermann Drive; Suite 720
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juan Stern's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Stern's clinical interests encompass cancer. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Stern is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Cancer, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Binh Thai Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1415 La Concha Lane
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Binh Nguyen specializes in adult nephrology. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include kidney stones and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Nguyen's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Nguyen's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Leroy L Sterling Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2000 Crawford Street; Suite 1700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Leroy Sterling's specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Sterling's professional affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sterling completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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Specializes in General Gynecology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1195
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juan Serrano is a specialist in general gynecology. He works in Houston, TX. He is a graduate of National University of San Marcos. Dr. Serrano has indicated that his clinical interests include pelvic floor repair. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Serrano is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1213 Hermann Drive; #420
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Clemmons specializes in adult gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. 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. After completing medical school at Howard University College of Medicine, Dr. Clemmons performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Clemmons is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

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Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
3304 Milam; Suite A
Houston, TX
 

Dr. James Cao is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Cao is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Cao (or staff) is conversant in Vietnamese and French. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, 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.