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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
520 Superior Avenue; Suite 330
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Radhakrishan Gandhi's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Fountain Valley, CA and Newport Beach, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Gandhi (or staff) speaks Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gandhi include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Gandhi trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for his residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Dr. Gandhi welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in General Surgery
496 Old Newport Boulevard; Suite 6
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Sean Cao works as a general surgeon. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has a special interest in pancreas problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and liver disease. Dr. Cao is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Cao is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Cao (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Liver Disease, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard (None) Solmer, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
351 Hospital Road; Suite 618
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Richard Solmer specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Newport Beach, CA. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at California Hospital Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, and a hospital affiliated with Allentown for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Solmer include thigh lift (thighplasty), tummy tuck revision, and general reconstruction. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Body Contouring, Mini ... (Read more)

Dr. Zacharia Y Reda, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Critical Care
1401 Avocado Street; Suite 802
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Zacharia Reda practices pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care in Fountain Valley, CA, Newport Beach, CA, and Mission Viejo, CA. He graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Reda's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Reda is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Reda honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Reda (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
22 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Ram Mudiyam is a medical specialist in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Mudiyam's clinical interests: knee problems, scoliosis, and arthroscopic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Bangalore University and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then he performed his residency at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and Buffalo General Hospital. Dr. Mudiyam (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Mudiyam is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1441 Avocado Avenue; Suite 807
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Surinder Saini is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Guru Nanak Dev University and New York Medical College. Dr. Saini has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hepatobiliary disorders, and acid reflux (GERD). He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Saini takes Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Saini (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Acid Reflux, Hepatobiliary Disorders

Dr. Mitchell Haven Katz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
500 Superior Ave 140
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Mitchell Katz is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Katz honors. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Aurora Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Katz has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
17 Corporate Plaza Drive; Suite 110
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Le works as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and pain management. Patient reviews placed Dr. Le at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Le takes. Dr. Le (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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

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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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