We found 10 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Total Health Care HMO near Roseville, MI.

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Dr. Keith A Bellovich, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18001 East 10 Mile Road
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Keith Bellovich is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise consist of holistic medicine, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Bellovich takes Aetna EPO, Amerigroup, Cofinity, and more. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Bellovich is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18001 East 10 Mile Road
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Provenzano is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Shelby Township, MI, East China, MI, and Roseville, MI. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Dr. Provenzano is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Provenzano's training includes a residency program at Beaumont Hospitals. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Clifford Weldon is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Sterling Heights, MI and Roseville, MI. His clinical interests include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Weldon is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. Weldon attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. He speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Stephen A Stuppler, MD
Specializes in Urology
20952 E 12 Mile Road; Suite 200
Saint Clair Shores, MI
 

Dr. Stephen Stuppler's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Stuppler has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). He is professionally affiliated with Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stuppler takes. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University.

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

Dr. Susan J Van Dellen, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 303
Grosse Pointe, MI
 

Dr. Susan Vandellen practices adult rheumatology. She is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, polymyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Vandellen average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vandellen is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Vandellen attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System.

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

Dr. Valal K George, MD
Specializes in Urology
20952 E 12 Mile Road; Suite 200
St Clair Shores, MI
 

Dr. Valal George is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Saint Clair Shores, MI, Utica, MI, and Rochester, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. George include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. George trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. George (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Tamil. His professional affiliations include St. John River District Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
17717 Masonic Boulevard
Fraser, MI
 

Dr. Muthanna Louis works as a general internist. Dr. Louis's clinical interests encompass bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Louis trained at Providence Hospital. Dr. Louis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Arabic.

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Dr. Michael F Romanelli, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
27550 Schoenherr Road; Suite 210
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Michael Romanelli's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Warren, MI and Macomb, MI. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include stent placement (stenting), heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Romanelli's hospital/clinic affiliations include McLaren Health Care and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Joel M Topf, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18001 E 10 Mile Road; Suite 1
Roseville, MI
 

Dr. Joel Topf specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Topf include kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and HIV/AIDS. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. Dr. Topf graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. His professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Dr. Maan A Askar, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
13430 East 13 Mile Road
Warren, MI
 

Dr. Maan Askar is a Warren, MI physician who specializes in family medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, Dr. Askar focuses on bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Askar takes Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Al-Mustansiriya College of Medicine and The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Askar is professionally affiliated with McLaren Health Care, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus, and Henry Ford Health System.

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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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