We found 11 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Health Net PPO near Long Beach, CA.

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Dr Guy Gerard Lemire MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
12451 Wembley Road; Po Box 6179
Los Alamitos, CA

Dr. Guy Lemire is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He works in Los Alamitos, CA and Long Beach, CA. Before completing his residency at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Dr. Lemire attended medical school at Laval University Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and heart valve surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lemire honors. Dr. Lemire (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Heart Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Hyperhidrosis, Hea ... (Read more)

Barton Harris Wachs MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
Average rating 4.06 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
701 E. 28th Street; Suite 319
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Barton Wachs is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Wachs graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Wachs include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and prostate procedures. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wachs is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Wachs's hospital/clinic affiliations include Atlantic Urology Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr Eknath Deo FACP MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
Average rating 3.8 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
701 E 28th Street; Suite 418
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Eknath Deo's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Long Beach, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and breast issues. Dr. Deo's professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Community Hospital Long Beach. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Deo has an open panel. He obtained his medical school training at Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College and performed his residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Deo (or staff) is conversant in Marathi, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Miriam MackovicBasic
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
Average rating 3.92 stars out of 5 (38 ratings)
3711 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 700
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Miriam Mackovic-Basic is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. She works in Lakewood, CA, Long Beach, CA, and San Pedro, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mackovic-Basic has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She honors AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After attending the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Dr. Mackovic-Basic completed her residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Mackovic-Basic has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Mackovic-Basic (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Croatian, Spanish, and Serbo-Croatian.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Ayal Willner MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
Average rating 3.23 stars out of 5 (23 ratings)
433 E. Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Ayal Willner specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and practices in Long Beach, CA and Irvine, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Willner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. Dr. Willner accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Willner (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Filipino, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Barry Arthur Steinmetz MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1760 Termino Avenue; Suite 300
Long Beach, 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

Michael L Berman MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
Average rating 4.19 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
701 E 28th Street; Building 56 Suite 213
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Michael Berman specializes in gynecologic oncology. Before performing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, Dr. Berman attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Berman has received distinctions including Best Doctors in America - Obstetrics & Gynecology; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and America's Top Doctors (Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, UC Irvine Medical Center, and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Gynecologic Cancer, Biopsy, Approaches, Surgical Proced ... (Read more)

Siamak Rouzroch MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1703 Termino Avenue; Suite 107
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Siamak Rouzroch is an internist in Long Beach, CA. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Rouzroch has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and arthritis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, Dr. Rouzroch (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Persian. He is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and AppleCare Medical Group. Dr. Rouzroch is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Arthritis, Pain Management

Mitchell Haven Katz MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Mitchell Katz practices pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Katz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Katz performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Roger John Epstein MD
Specializes in Psychiatry
1650 Ximeno Avenue; Suite 230
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Roger Epstein is a psychiatry specialist in Long Beach, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Epstein is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 2.9 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
4856 Bellflower Boulevard
Lakewood, CA

Dr. Eric Chang sees patients in Lakewood, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. His clinical interests include immunization (preventive vaccines), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and influenza (flu). The average patient rating for Dr. Chang is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Chang is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He speaks Chinese.

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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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