We found 155 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Cigna near Walled Lake, MI.

Dr. William Frank Oppat M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
average rating 5 stars (4 ratings)
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 405
Novi, MI
 

Dr. William Oppat is a general surgery and vascular surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Oppat include leg ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and varicose veins. Dr. Oppat's professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and Detroit VA Medical Center. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Oppat completed residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital. Dr. Oppat is rated highly by his patients. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sclerotherapy, Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery ... (Read more)

Kevin David Nolan M.D.
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
average rating 3.37 stars (2 ratings)
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 405
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Kevin Nolan, who practices in Southfield, MI and Novi, MI, is a medical specialist in vascular surgery. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Clinical interests for Dr. Nolan include leg ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and varicose veins. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Nolan is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Sclerotherapy, Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery ... (Read more)

Tamer Nady Boules M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 405
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Tamer Boules is a physician who specializes in general surgery and vascular surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: stent placement (stenting), aortic aneurysm, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Dr. Boules takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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William Higginbotham III MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
26750 Providence Parkway; Suite 200
Novi, MI
 

Dr. William Higginbotham's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Higginbotham include hip replacement, knee replacement, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Higginbotham is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit and Mount Carmel Health System. He is professionally affiliated with Wayne State University, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and Genesys Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Knee Pain, Fractures, Surgical Procedures, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Shabana Rasheed MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Shabana Rasheed is a Southfield, MI physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She attended Osmania Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Rasheed honors several insurance carriers, including AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In addition to English, Dr. Rasheed (or staff) speaks Urdu, Telugu, and Hindi. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI). She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr. Alberto Julian Aviles M.D.
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
average rating 3.8 stars (5 ratings)
47601 Grand River Avenue; Suite B223
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Alberto Aviles is a specialist in plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Aviles's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and mini tummy tuck. His professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI), and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Aviles accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Lip Implants, Nipple Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Teck Mun Soo MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
average rating 4 stars (102 ratings)
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 215
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Teck-Mun Soo sees patients in Southfield, MI and Novi, MI. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for his residency. Dr. Soo's areas of expertise include spinal cord injuries, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and spine surgery procedures. Dr. Soo is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. His professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Brain Problems, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Souheil Saba MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
average rating 4.75 stars (4 ratings)
47601 Grand River Avenue; Suite C202
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Souheil Saba specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Southfield, MI, Novi, MI, and Howell, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saba include heart problems, nuclear cardiology, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Saba's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Saba graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Providence Hospital, Southfield for his residency. Dr. Saba (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, French, and Italian. Dr. Saba is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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William Johnston MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 3.83 stars (3 ratings)
25500 Meadowbrook; Suite 225
Novi, MI
 

Dr. William Johnston is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Johnston attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Johnston's areas of expertise consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johnston takes. He is affiliated with Garden City Hospital, St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus.

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

Dr. Jamal A. Zarghami MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
average rating 4.25 stars (1 rating)
47601 Grand River Avenue; Suite C202
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Jamal Zarghami is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Southfield, MI, Novi, MI, and Howell, MI. These areas are among Dr. Zarghami's clinical interests: heart problems, holter monitoring, and nuclear cardiology. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at Providence Hospital for residency. Dr. Zarghami is conversant in Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit, MI).

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Ms. Amy Lynn-Opperer Brode DO
Specializes in Urology
average rating 4.46 stars (7 ratings)
25500 Meadowbrook Road; Suite 225
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Amy Brode is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Livonia, MI, Warren, MI, and Novi, MI. Her clinical interests encompass endourologic procedures, female urologic disorders, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Brode average 4.5 stars out of 5. AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brode takes. Dr. Brode is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Botsford Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Hebrew. She is affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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

Dr. Steven Mark Arbit M.D.
Specializes in Physiatry, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
average rating 3.84 stars (15 ratings)
8391 Commerce Road; Suite 107
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. Steven Arbit, who practices in Rochester, MI, Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Commerce Township, MI, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and electrodiagnostic medicine. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Arbit include back pain, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and neck pain. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arbit has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Electromyography, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. John D. Miller D.P.M.
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
average rating 4.05 stars (17 ratings)
26750 Providence Parkway; Suite 130
Novi, MI
 

Dr. John Miller specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. Miller's areas of expertise consist of diabetic foot ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and foot surgery. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Harvey L. Leo MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
average rating 4.91 stars (3 ratings)
5333 Mcauley Drive; Suite R1018
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Harvey Leo practices pediatric allergy & immunology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Leo's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, bronchoscopy, and asthma. He honors Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. Dr. Leo is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Eczema, Bronchoscopy, Allergies, Food Allergy, Asthma

Dr. Roberto Mauro Gamarra M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 510
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Roberto Gamarra practices adult gastroenterology in Farmington, MI, South Lyon, MI, and Novi, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. Gamarra include pancreas problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). Dr. Gamarra accepts AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Providence Hospital. Dr. Gamarra (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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Dr. Robert M. Mihalich M.D.
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.62 stars (8 ratings)
26750 Providence Parkway; Suite 200
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Robert Mihalich is a medical specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mihalich is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, foot surgery, and ankle replacement. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. Dr. Mihalich accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care, Dr. Mihalich attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Foot Surgery, Ankle Surgery, Ankle Replacement

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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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