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Rolf H. Langeland MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 1.75 stars (1 rating)
75 Kings Highway Cutoff
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Rolf Langeland is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hartford Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and knee surgery. Dr. Langeland is in-network for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and ConnectiCare. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Langeland's hospital/clinic affiliations include Yale New Haven Health System and Newport Hospital. His 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 General Internal Medicine
average rating 4.08 stars (3 ratings)
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Charles Kochan works as an internist. His medical residency was performed at New Britain General Hospital. Dr. Kochan's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, primary care, and diabetes. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He 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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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.75 stars (2 ratings)
305 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. David Bindelglass practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bindelglass include hip replacement, arthritis surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Bindelglass is professionally affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bindelglass takes. Dr. Bindelglass is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital.

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

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.59 stars (19 ratings)
75 Kings Highway Cutoff
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Joel Malin is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and Stratford, CT. The average patient rating for Dr. Malin is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Malin include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malin takes. Dr. Malin attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
2660 Main Street; Suite 311
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stewart Gross is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital, Dr. Gross attended medical school at Xochicalco University. Dr. Gross's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laparoscopic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Gross has an open panel.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nabil Atweh specializes in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Atweh include cancer surgery, breast surgery, and esophageal surgery. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Atweh speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Michael Werdmann's area of specialization is pediatric emergency medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Werdmann is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Bridgeport Hospital, Dr. Werdmann attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Anthony Peluso's area of specialization is anesthesiology. Dr. Peluso has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Hartford Hospital.

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
average rating 3.92 stars (13 ratings)
2600 Post Road
Southport, CT
 

Dr. Amy Weinrib practices general pediatrics in Southport, CT. Patient ratings for Dr. Weinrib average 4.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Weinrib accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. She trained at Bridgeport Hospital for her residency.

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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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