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
5122 Marina Pacifica Drive S; #18
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Guy Lemire's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Lemire's areas of clinical interest consist of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and heart valve surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Laval University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Lemire performed his residency at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal. In addition to English, Dr. Lemire (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Dr. Eknath A Deo, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
701 E 28th Street; Suite 418
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Eknath Deo is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Deo at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and breast issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Deo takes. He is a graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College and a graduate of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Deo (or staff) speaks Marathi, Spanish, and Gujarati. Dr. Deo is affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Community Hospital Long Beach. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Barton Harris Wachs, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
701 E. 28th Street; Suite 319
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barton Wachs works as an urologist in Long Beach, CA. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Wachs focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and prostate procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Atlantic Urology Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wachs accepts. Dr. Wachs has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Wachs attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Michael L. L Berman, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
2810 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman's medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Berman's clinical interests: gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Berman graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Berman trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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.. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Berman's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and UC Irvine Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Miriam H Mackovic Basic, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
3711 Long Beach Boulevard; Suite 700
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Miriam Mackovic-Basic is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mackovic-Basic include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Mackovic-Basic takes several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She graduated from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Mackovic-Basic completed a residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Mackovic-Basic (or staff) speaks Croatian, Spanish, and Serbo-Croatian. She is professionally affiliated with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Mackovic-Basic is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Ayal Willner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
433 E. Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Ayal Willner is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in Long Beach, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Willner has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Willner focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Willner takes. Dr. Willner's education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Willner (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Filipino, and Spanish.

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Dr. Barry Arthur Steinmetz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1760 Termino Avenue; Suite 300
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Barry Steinmetz's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Steinmetz include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Steinmetz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Steinmetz trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Steinmetz (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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

Dr. Siamak Rouzroch, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1703 Termino Avenue; #107
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Siamak Rouzroch specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Long Beach, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pain management, and arthritis. Dr. Rouzroch's professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and AppleCare Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is open to new patients. Dr. Rouzroch attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Rouzroch (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and Persian.

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

Dr. Mitchell Haven Katz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mitchell Katz's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Katz is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center for residency. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
4856 Bellflower Boulevard
Lakewood, CA
 

Dr. Eric Chang is a family practitioner in Lakewood, CA. He speaks Chinese. Dr. Chang's clinical interests include immunization (preventive vaccines), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and influenza (flu). He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Chang's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Roger Epstein is a psychiatrist in Long Beach, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Epstein include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Epstein attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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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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