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We found 19 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 020 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 physician who specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Dr. Manner's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Manner include lung cancer, anemia, and colon cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Manner's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Dr. Manner has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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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 is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Evans average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Evans's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Evans has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Evans's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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 works as an obstetrician and gynecologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in infertility, endometriosis, and laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH). Dr. Balat's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Balat honors. 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. Dr. Balat (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Gerardo M Bueso, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5711 Almeda
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerardo Bueso, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He graduated from the University of Siena Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Bueso's clinical interests include thyroid problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Bueso (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Bone Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Juan Stern is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Stern speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stern include cancer. His professional affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He obtained his medical school training at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and 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. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stern is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more.

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

Dr. Nisar Ahmed, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1240
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nisar Ahmed specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include pancreas problems, ulcers, and colon cancer. Dr. Ahmed is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ahmed (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Spanish. Dr. Ahmed is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Gallstones, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. James Mark McBath, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1213 Hermann Drive; Suite 730
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. McBath's medical specialty is general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. McBath's clinical interests encompass breast cancer. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. McBath speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital and Fannin Surgicare.

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

Dr. Samuel Bruce Pegram, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4825 Almeda
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Samuel Pegram specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Houston, TX. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Pegram is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Workers' Compensation, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Pegram has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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

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. He is especially interested in kidney stones and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with 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 in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Sterling is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Sterling attended the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. 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.

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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 Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1200 Binz Street; Suite 970
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Howard Cotler specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cotler is rated highly by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Adil Rashad Cheema, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Hematology
7707 Fannin; Suite 250
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Adil Cheema is a medical specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). He attended King Edward Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Cheema accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and TRICARE. In addition to English, Dr. Cheema (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and German. Dr. Cheema's professional affiliations include 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

Dr. Marcos Vincent Masson, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1200 Binz Street; Suite 100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Marcos Masson sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Masson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Chinese. He is especially interested in microsurgery, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Masson studied medicine at Rush Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Masson is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. John Clemmons practices adult gastroenterology in Houston, TX. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Clemmons is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clemmons takes. He studied medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Clemmons has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

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

Dr. Brian Robert Tulloch, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Tulloch is an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Tulloch (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Dr. Tulloch is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. He is a graduate of Oxford University Medical School. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tulloch is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Juan Serrano is a physician who specializes in general gynecology. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pelvic floor repair. Dr. Serrano accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from National University of San Marcos. In addition to English, Dr. Serrano speaks Spanish. He 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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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.