We found 8 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Total Health Care Commercial near Brighton, MI.

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Dr Laith Anastas Farjo MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 4.47 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
2305 Genoa Park Drive; Suite 170
Brighton, MI

Dr. Laith Farjo sees patients in Brighton, MI. His medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His areas of expertise include the following: hip arthroscopy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. Dr. Farjo's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Farjo speaks Hmong. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and Advanced Orthopedics.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sports Health, Shoulder Reconstruction, Hip Arthroscopy ... (Read more)

William Johnston MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 3.83 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
12660 Ten Mile Road
South Lyon, MI

Dr. William Johnston sees patients in Livonia, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Novi, MI. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Johnston graduated from Albany Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). Patient ratings for Dr. Johnston average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Garden City Hospital, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr Bipin Pratachandra Desai MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
Average rating 4.3 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
136 Kissane; Suite A
Brighton, MI

Dr. Bipin Desai is a pediatrician. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo, Dr. Desai attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and B.J. Medical College, Pune for medical school. His areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Desai (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Desai's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Dr. Desai is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma

Dr Michael Rock Raphael DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
205 West Grand River Road; Suite 200
Brighton, MI

Dr. Michael Raphael specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Farmington, MI, Brighton, MI, and Novi, MI. Before performing his residency at Botsford Hospital, Dr. Raphael attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. In Dr. Raphael's practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, celiac disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health. He is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Stephen Willard Bishop MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.37 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
9912 East Grand River; Suite 1000
Brighton, MI

Dr. Stephen Bishop's medical specialty is family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Bishop's clinical interests: labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and obstetrics. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Providence Hospital. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Bishop is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Labor and Delivery, Obstetrics

Dr John B Rasor DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Average rating 3.1 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
7960 Grand River Road; Suite 160
Brighton, MI

Dr. John Rasor specializes in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine and practices in Brighton, MI and Howell, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. Rasor include migraine, cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. Dr. Rasor's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Headache, Holter Monitoring, Migraine, Joi ... (Read more)

Joseph V Giannola MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.55 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
7575 Grand River; Suite 210
Brighton, MI

Dr. Joseph Giannola specializes in family medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Giannola's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Dr. Giannola honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Providence Hospital, Southfield, Dr. Giannola attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Rebecca M Studinger MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 3.61 stars out of 5 (15 ratings)
1021 Karl Greimel Drive; Suite 99
Brighton, MI

Dr. Rebecca Studinger, who practices in Novi, MI, Brighton, MI, and Troy, MI, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Studinger average 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include laser resurfacing, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lymphedema. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Studinger accepts. She attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Studinger trained at Providence Hospital. Dr. Studinger is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Relevant 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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