We found 9 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept ConnectiCare near Fairfield, CT.

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Rolf H Langeland MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 1.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
305 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT

Dr. Rolf Langeland is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and knee surgery. Dr. Langeland takes several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and ConnectiCare. Before completing his residency at Hartford Hospital, Dr. Langeland attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Langeland is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System and Newport Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.08 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT

Dr. Charles Kochan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He trained at New Britain General Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kochan include obesity, primary care, and diabetes. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
305 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT

Dr. David Bindelglass practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Shelton, CT, Fairfield, CT, and Stratford, CT. These areas are among Dr. Bindelglass's clinical interests: hip replacement, arthritis surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.59 stars out of 5 (19 ratings)
305 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT

Dr. Joel Malin is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Malin performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. These areas are among his clinical interests: replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Malin is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Critical Care
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT

Dr. Charles Watson specializes in anesthesiology and critical care (intensive care medicine) and practices in Bridgeport, CT, Stratford, CT, and New London, CT. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. Dr. Watson graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Watson has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT

Dr. Nabil Atweh is a medical specialist in general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He is conversant in Arabic. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, breast surgery, and esophageal surgery. Dr. Atweh is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. 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. Dr. Atweh accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

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

Dr. Michael Werdmann is a specialist in pediatric emergency medicine. He works in Bridgeport, CT. Dr. Werdmann's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a graduate of Bridgeport Hospital's residency program. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in Anesthesiology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT

Dr. Anthony Peluso specializes in anesthesiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Peluso include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Peluso attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Hartford Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in General Pediatrics
Average rating 3.92 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
2600 Post Road
Southport, CT

Dr. Amy Weinrib's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Weinrib include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Weinrib is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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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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