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

Dr. Milton Armm is an urologist. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Armm takes. Dr. Armm graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His residency was performed at Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Armm is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Bridgeport, CT and Milford, CT. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Kochan's clinical interests: obesity, primary care, and diabetes. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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 Otolaryngology
2600 Post Road
Southport, CT
 

Dr. Bradford Chervin practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Southport, CT. Dr. Chervin has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Chervin is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Norwalk Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Tinnitus, Tumor, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 King's Hwy Cutoff
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. John Awad sees patients in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and Stratford, CT. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Awad is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Awad's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Lumbar Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rolf H Langeland, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 Kings Highway Cutoff
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Rolf Langeland's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Langeland is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and knee surgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System and Newport Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and residency at Hartford Hospital. AARP, Anthem, and ConnectiCare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Langeland honors. Dr. Langeland's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Tendonitis, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 Kings Hwy Cutoff; Suite 100
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. David Bindelglass works as an orthopedic surgeon in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and Stratford, CT. Dr. Bindelglass's areas of expertise include the following: hip replacement, arthritis surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital. Dr. Bindelglass honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Revision Surgery, Fractures, Arthritis, Total Joint ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
309 Stillson Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Elenita Espina is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Espina is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Espina takes. She has an open panel. Before performing her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Dr. Espina attended Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation for medical school. Dr. Espina (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Richard Garvey, who practices in Bridgeport, CT, is a medical specialist in pediatric surgery and general surgery. In his practice, Dr. Garvey focuses on breast surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Garvey is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Boston Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Garvey is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Garvey has an open panel.

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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. Neal Fischbach is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist. Dr. Fischbach is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Fischbach trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patients gave Dr. Fischbach an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fischbach welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Harold Sauer is a Bridgeport, CT physician who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Sauer accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for his residency.

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

Specializes in Neurosurgery
52 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Kenneth Lipow practices neurosurgery in Bridgeport, CT and Fairfield, CT. Patients gave Dr. Lipow an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Lipow is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Meningioma, Head Injury, Hydrocephalus, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Podiatry
1300 Post Road; Suite 206
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Louise Tortora specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). She is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Tortora has an open panel.

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All Interests: Warts, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Orthotics, Diabetes, Sports Injuries, Bunions, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
64 Black Rock Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Shireen Donaldson-Ramos is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Donaldson-Ramos (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Donaldson-Ramos attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is in-network for Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, Health Net, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Cryosurgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
309 Stillson Road
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Jose Reyes is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Reyes (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Reyes is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reyes accepts. Dr. Reyes has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Colposcopy, Depression, Cystocele, Adolescent Gynecology, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2660 Main Street; Suite 311
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stewart Gross specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Bridgeport, CT. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gross include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laparoscopic surgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Gross graduated from Xochicalco University and then he performed his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Tendonitis, Laparoscopic Surgery, Fractures, Carpal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
75 Kings Highway Cutoff
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Joel Malin specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and Stratford, CT. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Malin honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In addition to English, Dr. Malin speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Malin welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Joint ... (Read more)

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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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