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
2305 Genoa Business Park Drive; Suite 170
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Laith Farjo practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include hip arthroscopy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. Dr. Farjo's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and Advanced Orthopedics (Plano, TX). Dr. Farjo honors AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Farjo speaks Hmong.

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Dr. William Kemp Johnston III, MD
Specializes in Urology
10 Mile Road; 12660
South Lyon, MI
 

Dr. William Johnston practices urology (urinary tract disease). In his practice, Dr. Johnston focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Johnston honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He obtained his medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is affiliated with Garden City Hospital, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus.

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

Dr. Bipin Pratapchandra Desai, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
136 Kissane Street; Suite A
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Bipin Desai sees patients in Brighton, MI. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Desai (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Dr. Desai's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. His education and training includes medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and B.J. Medical College, Pune and residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Patients gave Dr. Desai an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Desai is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Michael Raphael is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Farmington, MI, Brighton, MI, and Novi, MI. He studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Botsford Hospital. Dr. Raphael's areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, celiac disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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Dr. Stephen Willard Bishop, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9912 E. Grand River; Suite 1000
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Stephen Bishop specializes in family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bishop's clinical interests include labor and delivery (childbirth) and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at Providence Hospital, Dr. Bishop attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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

Dr. Joseph Vito Giannola, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
7575 Grand River; Suite 210
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Joseph Giannola works as a family practice physician. In his practice, Dr. Giannola focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Dr. Giannola is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Dr. John B Rasor, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
7960 Grand River Road; Suite 160
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. John Rasor's specialties are family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rasor include migraine, cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Dr. Rasor attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rasor is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Rebecca M Studinger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1021 Karl Greimel Drive; Suite 99
Brighton, MI
 

Dr. Rebecca Studinger's area of specialization is plastic surgery. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Studinger trained at Providence Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Studinger include laser resurfacing, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lymphedema. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Studinger is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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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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