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We found 8 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Charles Elmer Manner Jr., MD
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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Manner include anemia, colon cancer, and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Manner is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Manner average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Manner has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Randolph Evans' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Evans average 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Evans's clinical interests: back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Evans speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Evans welcomes 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 is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist. Dr. Balat has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Balat include vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), infertility, and endometriosis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Before completing 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 medical school at 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. Dr. Balat (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Juan Stern practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. Dr. Stern's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His education and training includes medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and 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. In addition to English, Dr. Stern speaks Spanish.

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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's specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Nguyen include kidney stones and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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

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

Dr. John Clemmons specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Clemmons's professional affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). His education and training includes medical school at Howard University College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Clemmons has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Juan Serrano is a specialist in general gynecology. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Serrano include pelvic floor repair. Dr. Serrano is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Serrano is a graduate of National University of San Marcos. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

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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. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Cao accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Cao (or staff) speaks Vietnamese and French.

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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.