We found 8 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze HMO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Randolph Warren Evans, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1200 Binz, Suite 1370; Plaza Medical Center
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Randolph Evans' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Evans's clinical interests: back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Evans an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Evans has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Neck Pain, Surgical Procedures, Electroencephalography, Back Pain, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Dr. Isam Yusuof Balat, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1801 Binz Street; Suite 500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Isam Balat is a physician who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. The average patient rating for Dr. Balat is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Balat include vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), infertility, and endometriosis. Dr. Balat is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Balat is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his residency, Dr. Balat trained at Memorial Hermann, a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Balat (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Gynecologic Procedures, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopically ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgical Oncology, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Manner's areas of specialization are surgical oncology (cancer surgery), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Dr. Manner speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and bone marrow aspiration. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Manner completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Manner welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sickle Cell Disease, Colon Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Leukemia, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Binh Thai Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1415 La Concha Lane
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Binh Nguyen's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Nguyen has a special interest in kidney stones and hypertension (high blood pressure). His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. Dr. Nguyen is conversant in Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Surgical Procedures, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in General Gynecology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1195
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juan Serrano works as a general gynecologist in Houston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Serrano is 2.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Serrano focuses on pelvic floor repair. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from National University of San Marcos. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Serrano is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Pelvic Floor Repair

Dr. Juan R Stern, MD
Specializes in Urology
1213 Hermann Drive; Suite 720
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juan Stern's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stern's clinical interests encompass cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Stern's medical residency was performed at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
1213 Hermann Drive; #420
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Clemmons is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist in Houston, TX. His professional affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Clemmons attended Howard University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. The average patient rating for Dr. Clemmons is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Clemmons has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
3304 Milam Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. James Cao sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Cao is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Cao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Vietnamese and French. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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All Interests: Surgical Procedures, 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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