We found 9 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Total Health Care HMO near Roseville, MI.

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Keith Bellovich DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
22201 Moross Road; Professional Buillding Ii, Suite 170
Detroit, MI

Dr. Keith Bellovich practices adult nephrology. Dr. Bellovich's areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Amerigroup, and Cofinity. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Bellovich is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI).

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Holistic Medicine, Kid ... (Read more)

Clifford Weldon MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
30695 Little Mack; Suite# 500
Roseville, MI

Dr. Clifford Weldon practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Weldon's professional affiliations include St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Before performing his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. Weldon attended CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena for medical school. Dr. Weldon honors AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18001 10 Mile Road; Suite 1
Roseville, MI

Dr. Christopher Provenzano practices adult nephrology. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Dr. Provenzano is professionally affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency. Dr. Provenzano is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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

Dr Stephen A Stuppler MD
Specializes in Urology
20952 Twelve Mile Road; Suite 200
St. Clair Shores, MI

Dr. Stephen Stuppler specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Saint Clair Shores, MI. In his practice, Dr. Stuppler focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Stuppler is professionally affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center 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, Ultrasound

Susan J Vandellen DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.51 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
19251 Mack Avenue; Suite 333
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Dr. Susan Vandellen is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Vandellen's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Vandellen is professionally affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI).

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Polymyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitis

Valal K George MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
20952 Twelve Mile Road; Suite 200
St. Clair Shores, MI

Dr. Valal George works as an urologist. Dr. George's areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Kerala. For his residency, Dr. George trained at Guy's Hospital, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, and Norwich State Hospital. Dr. George (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. He is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Infertility, Ultrasound, Erectile Dysfunction, Vasectom ... (Read more)

Michael F Romanelli MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
27550 Schoenherr Road; Suite 210
Warren, MI

Dr. Michael Romanelli's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise include stent placement (stenting), heart problems, and nuclear cardiology. He is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI), and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Dr. Romanelli obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. The average patient rating for Dr. Romanelli is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

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Joel M Topf MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 3.91 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
22201 Moross Road; Professional Buillding Ii, Suite 170
Detroit, MI

Dr. Joel Topf's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Topf takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Topf's training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. His professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI), and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Urinary Stones, Kidney Stones, HIV/AIDS, Kidney Problem ... (Read more)

Maan A Askar MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 2.15 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
13430 E 13 Mile Road
Warren, MI

Dr. Maan Askar practices family medicine in Warren, MI. Dr. Askar is conversant in Arabic. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include McLaren Health Care, St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI), and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Dr. Askar's education and training includes medical school at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Askar is 2.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Askar takes.

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Relevant Interests: , Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

All 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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