We found 7 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Rochester, MI.

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Dr. Sami Elias Al Assmar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Sami Asmar works as a general internist in Warren, MI and Sterling Heights, MI. Dr. Asmar attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. He has a special interest in diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and women's health issues. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Asmar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Dr. Cynthia Holland Browne, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1901 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Cynthia Browne's specialty is radiation oncology. Her areas of expertise include holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Browne is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Browne completed a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Browne's professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus.

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Dr. Nicolas Atif Marsheh, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Nicolas Marsheh's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and ultrasound (sonogram). He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and AARP, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Marsheh is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program. Dr. Marsheh (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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Dr. Jon Francis Suleskey, DO
Specializes in Urology
3512 Primrose Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Jon Suleskey specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Suleskey's areas of expertise include robotic kidney surgery, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Suleskey honors. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, Pennsylvania, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Dr. Suleskey attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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Dr. Deborah D Hamby, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1349 S Rochester Road; Suite 125
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Deborah Hamby is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Hamby is especially interested in labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mammogram (breast X-ray). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Hamby attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System.

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Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1349 South Rochester Road; Suite 125
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Paul Nehra is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Nehra has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nehra include menopause, labor and delivery (childbirth), and high risk pregnancy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Nehra takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1101 W University Drive; 3-north
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Sayeed Fatima is an ophthalmologist. She has a special interest in glaucoma, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and blepharitis. She is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Fatima is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Kresge Eye Institute's residency program. Dr. Fatima (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Fatima 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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