We found 41 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Orange, CA.

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Dr. Alaa Youssef Afifi, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiology, Critical Care
2200 East Fruit Street; Suite 207
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Alaa Afifi practices cardiac surgery, adult cardiology, and general surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Afifi accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. Dr. Afifi is affiliated with Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Reginald Godwin Mithiran Abraham, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Other, Thoracic Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 258
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reginald Abraham is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Abraham include wedge resection, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Abraham at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Sound Shore Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Abraham (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Tamil. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
2621 S Bristol Street; #208
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Kwei-Min Pan is a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. Dr. Pan studied medicine at Taipei Medical University. His medical residency was performed at Interfaith Medical Center. His clinical interests include amputation, peripheral bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). Patients gave Dr. Pan an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, Dr. Pan (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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All Interests: Peripheral Bypass Surgery, Amputation, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Appendectomy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 108
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Joel Berman is a specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. He is especially interested in breast surgery and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Berman honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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

Dr. John Patrick Kelly, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 300
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. John Kelly is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kelly has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelly include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Kelly is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Kelly (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 360
Fountain Valley, 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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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Satinder Swaroop is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Swaroop's clinical interests include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Swaroop graduated from Government Medical College, Srinagar and Government Medical College, Jammu. For his professional training, Dr. Swaroop completed residency programs at Maryland General Hospital and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. In addition to English, Dr. Swaroop (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Michael L. L Berman, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
101 The City Drive, Pav Iii; Suite 501
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Berman is a gynecologic oncologist in Orange, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Berman include gynecologic cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Berman obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, George Washington University Medical Center, and Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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.. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robert James Woodhouse I, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1211 West La Palma Avenue; Suite 100
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Robert Woodhouse is a specialist in radiation oncology. He works in Fountain Valley, CA and Anaheim, CA. In his practice, Dr. Woodhouse focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and UCLA Health. Dr. Woodhouse takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Woodhouse (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Dr. Ajit Singh Sawhney, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 218
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ajit Sawhney works as an adult nephrologist. Dr. Sawhney's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from SMS Medical College, Jaipur and All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Sawhney completed his residency training at Coney Island Hospital and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. In addition to English, Dr. Sawhney (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Paul A Maistros, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 121
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Paul Maistros is a neurologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in sleep study, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Maistros is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine and residency at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Maistros (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Greek.

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Dr. Zafar Saleem Khan, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 311
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Zafar Khan is a hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, French, and Hindi. Dr. Khan's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patients gave Dr. Khan an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Hassan M Alkhouli, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics, Adult Pulmonology
1211 W. La Palma Avenue; #207
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Hassan Alkhouli is an adult critical care, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist. Dr. Alkhouli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alkhouli include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast. He 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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alkhouli is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Dr. Lalita Hemant Pandit, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
11180 Warner Avenue; Suite 467
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Lalita Pandit practices adult hematology and adult oncology. She graduated from the University of Mumbai, the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, and Grant Medical College. Dr. Pandit's training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Her clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Pandit average 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Pandit (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Her professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Lalitha Ananth, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 304
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Lalitha Ananth specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. Her education and training includes medical school at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences and residency at Martin Luther King, Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Her areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Ananth is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Ananth is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ananth (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Tamil. Her professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Ananth's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Asaad Hakim works as a critical care specialist, hospitalist, and adult pulmonologist in Garden Grove, CA and Westminster, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Hakim include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Hakim (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include HealthCare Partners IPA - South Coast and Orange Coast 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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