We found 30 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Fountain Valley, CA.

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Peter Cary Leport MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
Average rating 4.47 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
18111 Brookhurst Street; #5600
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Peter Leport's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Leport (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His clinical interests include sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Leport's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leport takes. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Colectomy, Sleeve Gastrec ... (Read more)

Dr Reginald G M Abraham M D
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Other, Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 4.91 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 258
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Reginald Abraham's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery; he sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. Before performing his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Abraham attended Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Abraham's areas of expertise include the following: wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Lobectomy, Lung Resection, Mitral ... (Read more)

Mir Baquar Ali MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
Average rating 4.54 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Mir Ali sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. His medical specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His areas of expertise include the following: colectomy (colon resection), sleeve gastrectomy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Ali a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Colectomy, Sleeve Gastrec ... (Read more)

Kelly Francis MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
Average rating 3.68 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 6400
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Kelly Francis is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Francis (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Indonesian. Clinical interests for Dr. Francis include gastric bypass surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Francis's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). She attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. Dr. Francis's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Francis is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Weight Management, Acid R ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 108
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Joel Berman is a physician who specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berman honors. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Tam Huu Le MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Average rating 2.89 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
18111 Brookhurst Street; 2600
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Tam Le is a general surgery and colon & rectal surgery specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Le is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Le's clinical interests include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama, a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Le attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Le speaks Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Colectomy, Anal Fistula, Laparoscopic Surgery, Da Vinci ... (Read more)

Dr Viney Soni MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
9940 Talbert Avenue; Suite 101
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Viney Soni is a specialist in adult pulmonology. He works in Fountain Valley, CA. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Soni graduated from King George Medical University. Dr. Soni trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Soni (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Chinese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and HealthCare Partners IPA - Arta. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr Phong Francois Bui MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
Average rating 2.19 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
10161 Bolsa Avenue; 210b
Westminster, CA

Dr. Phong Bui, who practices in Westminster, CA, is a medical specialist in obstetrics and general gynecology. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include laparoscopic hysterectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and incontinence. Dr. Bui is affiliated with Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bui accepts. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Voted as most compassionate doctor of the year. Dr. Bui (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Incontinence, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr John Patrick Kelly MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.31 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 300
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. John Kelly is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kelly's clinical interests include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Kelly (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Kelly's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hip Problems, Shoulder Replacement, Shoulder Surgery, K ... (Read more)

Dr Robert James Woodhouse I MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Average rating 2.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
11190 Warner Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Robert Woodhouse works as a radiation oncologist in Fountain Valley, CA and Anaheim, CA. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Woodhouse has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Woodhouse (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UCLA Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr Ajit Singh Sawhney MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 218
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Ajit Sawhney works as an adult nephrologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and hypertension (high blood pressure). His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Sawhney is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Sawhney graduated from SMS Medical College, Jaipur and All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He completed his residency training at Coney Island Hospital and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Dr. Sawhney (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension

Barry Arthur Steinmetz MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1901 Newport Boulevard; Suite 235
Costa Mesa, CA

Dr. Barry Steinmetz is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Irvine, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Fountain Valley, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Steinmetz is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Steinmetz has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr Surinder S Thind MD FACC
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5100
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Surinder Thind's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Thind is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at SSM St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis, Dr. Thind attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and Government Medical College, Patiala. Dr. Thind (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr Paul Maistros MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 121
Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Paul Maistros is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He has a special interest in sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Maistros graduated from the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Maistros (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Greek. Dr. Maistros is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study

Dr Hassan M Alkhouli MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics, Adult Pulmonology
Average rating 3.93 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
7955 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA

Dr. Hassan Alkhouli's medical specialty is adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Alkhouli is affiliated with HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Alkhouli attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Alkhouli (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr Asaad Hakim MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
12665 Garden Grove Bl
Garden Grove, CA

Dr. Asaad Hakim is a critical care specialist, hospitalist, and pulmonologist in Garden Grove, CA and Westminster, CA. Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hakim include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hakim completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: 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.

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