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Specializes in Urology
3180 Main Street; Suite 305, Beechmont Building
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Milton Armm works as an urologist in Bridgeport, CT. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Yale New Haven Health System and Griffin Hospital. Before completing his residency at Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Dr. Armm attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cystoscopy, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Brachytherapy, Urinary ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan's specialty is general internal medicine. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kochan include obesity, primary care, and diabetes. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His medical residency was performed at New Britain General Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Primary Care, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Hospital ... (Read more)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
3060 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Brian Debroff sees patients in Stratford, CT and West Haven, CT. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Debroff completed a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Debroff's areas of expertise include cataracts. Dr. Debroff accepts several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. He is conversant in Polish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Lensectomy, Intraocular ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
310 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Richard Garvey works as a pediatric surgeon and general surgeon in Bridgeport, CT. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In Dr. Garvey's practice, he is particularly interested in breast surgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Garvey performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Breast Surgery, Wounds, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
111 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Neil Fischbach's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Fischbach takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fischbach trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Anya Kishinevsky, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
55 Walls Drive; Suite 405
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Anya Kishinevsky practices plastic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Kishinevsky (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French. Dr. Kishinevsky's clinical interests include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and vaginal rejuvenation. Her professional affiliations include Norwalk Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, and St. Vincent's Hospital. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, she performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Kishinevsky has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Health Net, Medicare, and Oxford Health Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Breast Augmentation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gilead Lancaster specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Bridgeport, CT. In addition to English, Dr. Lancaster (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French. Dr. Lancaster is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Lancaster accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Preventive Cardiology, Heart Valve Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5520 Park Avenue; Suite 203
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. David Witt's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology; he sees patients in Trumbull, CT. In addition to English, Dr. Witt (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency. Patients rated Dr. Witt highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Witt accepts. Dr. Witt is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Leukemia, Coagulation ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Joseph Cuteri is a general OB/GYN. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cuteri is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Cuteri is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Adolescent Gynecology, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Alan Landau is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Trumbull, CT. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Landau obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Rectal Problems, Enteroscopy, Small Intestine ... (Read more)

Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Obstetrics, Gynecology
267 Grand Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Harold Sauer specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. Dr. Sauer accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Anastomosis, Laser Treatment, in Vitro Fertilization, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stuart Zarich's specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Zarich studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for residency. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zarich accepts. Dr. Zarich is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Syncope, Women's Heart Disease, Preventive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1305 Post Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Edward Tuohy works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Fairfield, CT, Trumbull, CT, and Milford, CT. Dr. Tuohy honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Tuohy is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Syncope, Women's Heart Disease, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nabil Atweh's specialties are general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Areas of expertise for Dr. Atweh include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and esophageal surgery. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Atweh graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Atweh is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Breast Surgery, Laparoscopic Abdominal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1305 Post Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Mitchell Driesman sees patients in Fairfield, CT and Trumbull, CT. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Driesman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Driesman attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Dr. Driesman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Specializes in Neonatology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Harris Jacobs is a specialist in neonatology. He works in New Haven, CT and Bridgeport, CT. He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Jacobs is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Premature Babies

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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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