We found 8 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 Asmar M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 4.36 stars (11 ratings)
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Sami Asmar works as an internist. Dr. Asmar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Asmar's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and women's health issues. He is professionally affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Asmar takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr. Cynthia Browne works as a radiation oncologist. Dr. Browne (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Her areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Holistic Medicine, Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Nicolas Atif Marsheh M.D.
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 2.5 stars (2 ratings)
44645 Mound
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Nicolas Marsheh's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Marsheh's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, electrocardiogram (EKG), and ultrasound (sonogram). 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. Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and AARP are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Marsheh takes. Dr. Marsheh graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Providence Hospital. Dr. Marsheh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Electromyography, Electrocardiogram, Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

Khalid Sabah Zakaria MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1101 West University Dr 2-south
Rochester, MI
 

Dr. Khalid Zakaria's medical specialty is general internal medicine. In his practice, Dr. Zakaria focuses on obesity, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Zakaria completed his residency training at Providence Hospital, Southfield. In addition to English, Dr. Zakaria speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Paul Christopher Nehra M.D.
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 4.2 stars (5 ratings)
1349 S Rochester Road; Suite 125
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Paul Nehra's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Nehra include menopause, labor and delivery (childbirth), and high risk pregnancy. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Nehra attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Nehra's professional affiliations include Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI).

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All Interests: Menopause, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Infertility, Ultrasound, Urinary ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon F. Suleskey D.O.
Specializes in Urology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
3512 Primrose Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Jon Suleskey is an urologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include robotic kidney surgery, genitourinary cancer, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Suleskey is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI). He obtained his medical school training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, Pennsylvania, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Incontinence, Genitourinary Cancer, Robotic ... (Read more)

Dr. Deborah D. Hamby M.D.
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 3.55 stars (5 ratings)
1349 S Rochester Road; Suite 125
Rochester Hills, MI
 

Dr. Deborah Hamby works as a general OB/GYN. The average patient rating for Dr. Hamby is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamby include labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mammogram (breast X-ray). Dr. Hamby is affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI). Dr. Hamby takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University.

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

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

Dr. Sayeed Fatima's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). She is especially interested in glaucoma, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and blepharitis. Dr. Fatima is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Kresge Eye Institute. Dr. Fatima (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Fatima is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Blepharitis

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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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