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, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 405
Novi, MI
 

Dr. William Oppat works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon. These areas are among his clinical interests: leg ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and varicose veins. Patients gave Dr. Oppat an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital for residency. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Oppat is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and Detroit VA Medical Center.

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Dr. Kevin David Nolan, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 405
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Kevin Nolan sees patients in Southfield, MI and Novi, MI. His medical specialty is vascular surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Nolan include leg ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and varicose veins. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Nolan attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Nolan is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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

Dr. Tamer Boules is a specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Boules attended the University of Michigan Medical School. His clinical interests include stent placement (stenting), aortic aneurysm, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Boules is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Dr. Teck-Mun Mun Soo, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 215
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Teck-Mun Soo's specialty is neurosurgery. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. He is especially interested in spinal cord injuries, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and spine surgery procedures. Dr. Soo's professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus. He attended Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. Patient ratings for Dr. Soo average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Soo is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Soo has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. William Higginbotham practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Southfield, MI, Novi, MI, and Brighton, MI. His areas of expertise include hip replacement, knee replacement, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Higginbotham takes. Dr. Higginbotham obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit and Mount Carmel Health System. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and Genesys Health System.

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Dr. Michael Patrick Lino Montico, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
26750 Providence Parkway; Suite 210
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Michael Montico is a family practitioner and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Montico is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: primary care, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive care. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Montico graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Providence Hospital.

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Dr. Alberto Julian Aviles, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
47601 Grand River Avenue; Suite B223
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Alberto Aviles specializes in plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery and practices in Warren, MI, Novi, MI, and Southfield, MI. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aviles include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and body contouring. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Aviles is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

Dr. Souheil E Saba, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
47601 Grand River Avenue; Suite C202
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Souheil Saba is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Saba is especially interested in heart problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and angioplasty. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Providence Hospital, Southfield. Dr. Saba (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, French, and Italian.

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Dr. William Kemp Johnston III, MD
Specializes in Urology
25500 Meadowbrook Road; Suite 225
Novi, MI
 

Dr. William Johnston is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He graduated from Albany Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Johnston's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Johnston accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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
47601 Grand River Avenue; Suite C202
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Jamal Zarghami's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zarghami include heart problems, holter monitoring, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Zarghami's professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Zarghami attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Providence Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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Dr. Amy Lynn Opperer Opperer, DO
Specializes in Urology
25500 Meadowbrook Road; Suite 225
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Amy Brode's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). In her practice, Dr. Brode focuses on endourologic procedures, female urologic disorders, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Brode has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brode accepts. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at Botsford Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Brode speaks Hebrew. Her professional affiliations include McLaren Health Care, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Dr. Steven Mark Arbit, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
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. Clinical interests for Dr. Arbit include back pain, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and neck pain. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arbit honors Amerigroup, McLaren Health Plan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Arbit's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Dr. Yuliya Serge Greer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 350
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Julia Greer's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and gastroscopy. Dr. Greer takes Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Russian State Medical University and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Greer speaks Russian. She is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Dr. Harvey L Leo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
5333 Mcauley Drive; Suite R1018
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Harvey Leo sees patients in Ypsilanti, MI, West Bloomfield, MI, and Novi, MI. His medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. The average patient rating for Dr. Leo is 5.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, bronchoscopy, and asthma. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital. Dr. Leo accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Leo attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese.

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

Dr. Roberto Mauro Gamarra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 510
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Roberto Gamarra practices adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: pancreas problems, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gamarra accepts. Dr. Gamarra is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program. Dr. Gamarra (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.

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Dr. Rola S Bokhari-Panza I, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 310
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Rola Bokhari-Panza specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology and practices in Novi, MI. Patient ratings for Dr. Bokhari-Panza average 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, asthma, and food allergy. She is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bokhari-Panza honors. She graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at American University of Beirut Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Bokhari-Panza (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Food Allergy, Rhinitis, Asthma

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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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