We found 12 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions near Trumbull, CT.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
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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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 General Internal Medicine
115 Technology Drive; Suite A-303
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. John Flores is a Trumbull, CT physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Flores include diabetes and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Flores attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

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

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

Dr. Joseph Cuteri works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Bridgeport, CT and Shelton, CT. Dr. Cuteri's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of The Brooklyn Hospital Center's residency program. Dr. Cuteri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. He 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: 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 a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Landau is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Dr. Landau accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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 Adult Cardiology
226 Mill Hill Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Stuart Zarich is an adult cardiology specialist. He studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Zarich trained at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for residency. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
999 Silver Lane
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Edward Tuohy's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Tuohy takes 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. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Critical Care
226 Mill Hill Avenue; 3rd Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nabil Atweh is a general surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist in Bridgeport, CT and Stratford, CT. Dr. Atweh is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In addition to English, Dr. Atweh speaks Arabic.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
999 Silver Lane
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mitchell Driesman, who practices in Fairfield, CT and Trumbull, CT, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Brown University, Alpert Medical School, Dr. Driesman completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Dr. Driesman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Driesman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Neonatology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Harris Jacobs' medical specialty is neonatology. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jacobs honors. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is 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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