We found 8 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Railroad Medicare near Utica, MI.

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Dr. Juan Rene Frontera-Castillo, MD
Specializes in Urology
11051 Hall Road; Suite 100
Utica, MI
 

Dr. Juan Frontera is an urologist in Saint Clair Shores, MI, Rochester, MI, and Utica, MI. He speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and da vinci surgery. Dr. Frontera's professional affiliations include Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI), and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Frontera completed residency programs at Hahnemann University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, X-Rays, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Cynthia Holland Browne, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 103
Macomb Township, MI
 

Dr. Cynthia Browne is a radiation oncologist in Grosse Pointe, MI, Rochester, MI, and Macomb, MI. Dr. Browne has a special interest in holistic medicine, nutrition counseling, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. She is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Browne (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
11900 E. 12 Mile Road; Suite 205
Shelby Twp, MI
 

Dr. Christopher Provenzano is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. He is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Dr. Provenzano honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program.

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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
43200 Dequindre Road; Suite 105
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Clifford Weldon specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Sterling Heights, MI and Roseville, MI. Dr. Weldon graduated from CETEC University School of Medicine and National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and then he performed his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Weldon include heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive cardiology. He takes AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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Dr. David Bryan Butcher, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
45640 Schoenherr Road
Utica, MI
 

Dr. David Butcher's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Butcher attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and electrocardiogram (EKG). Patients rated Dr. Butcher highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI).

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Dr. Brian V Guz, MD
Specializes in Urology
11051 Hall Road; Suite 200
Utica, MI
 

Dr. Brian Guz is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Guz include female urologic disorders and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI), St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, and Henry Ford Health System. He honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Guz's education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Cleveland Clinic.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Female Urologic Disorders

Dr. Gary B Langnas, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
44199 Dequinre; Suite 518
Madison Heights, MI
 

Dr. Gary Langnas practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Areas of expertise for Dr. Langnas include diabetes, heart problems, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Langnas takes several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, X-Rays

Dr. Bnan A Razoky, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
34764 Dequindre Road
Sterling Heights, MI
 

Dr. Bnan Razoky is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Dr. Razoky include pap test, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors Aetna EPO, Amerigroup, and Cofinity, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Mosul College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Razoky completed her residency training at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Razoky (or staff) speaks Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Arabic, and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic. Dr. Razoky's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI), and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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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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