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Iron infusion is offered by various hospital and general practice. Iron infusion can be done conveniently and comfortably at Northbridge Medical Centre. The doctors and nurses at Northbridge Medical Centre are committed to providing the highest level of care to all our patients by tailoring our approach to fulfill the needs of individuals.
Iron infusion is a medical procedure used to treat iron deficiency or iron deficiency anaemia. The iron is infused directly into the bloodstream via a intravenous drip. The procedure can quickly replenish the iron stores in your body.
What is an Iron Infusion:
Iron infusion is a standard medical procedure which involves feeding the iron directly into the bloodstream through an Intravenous drip. The procedure can quickly replenish iron stores in the body. During the iron infusion, a doctor will insert an intravenous line into a vein, usually in the arm or the hand. The line is then connected to a solution containing iron and the iron is slowly dripped into your body. The procedure typically takes about 30minutes. A nurse will monitor the progress during the iron infusion procedure.
What happens when your iron is low?
The symptoms of iron deficiency can mimic a multitude of health issues. Depending on the severity of iron deficiency, the symptoms can include various non specific symptoms like fatigue, weakness, pale skin, brittle nails and hair loss. The symptoms can also include serious symptoms such as dizziness shortness of breath, headaches, changes in blood pressure and heart rate. Lack of iron also commonly mimic mental health symptoms such as poor sleep, lack of concentration, mood swings, depression and anxiety.
When do I need an Iron infusion:
Your doctor may recommend you to have an iron infusion due to various reasons or your iron is critically low. The following are some of the common scenario where iron infusion might be needed:
How effective is iron infusion in treating iron deficiency anaemia?
The iron is infused directly into the bloodstream and therefore is highly effective in managing iron deficiency. However, several factors including severity of the anaemia, the underlying cause of the iron deficiency and also the overall patient’s health can directly affect the efficiency of the procedure.
It is important to see your doctor to find out the causes of your iron deficiency.
Depending on the severity of the iron deficiency, the symptoms can include:
Once iron deficiency is identified, it is vital for your doctor to identify and treat the cause of the problem. The following are options of management to increase your iron level in your blood:
Iron infusion is generally a safe procedure with minimal risk.
The doctor and the nurses will closely monitor your progression during the infusion. The. doctors and nurses will also take steps to reduce potential risk associated with iron infusion by:
You are required to notify the nurses if the following symptoms occur during the infusion:
You will also be asked not to be left alone at any stage for 30 minutes after the infusion.
As with all medical procedure or medications, there is a risk of side effects with iron infusion. The most common side effect are:
These side effects are usually mild and resolve on their own within a few hours.
Generally, the iron infusion is considered to be well-tolerated and painless. Some patients may feel mild discomfort at the cannula site or metallic taste in their mouth.
Iron injections are now rarely recommended due to the risk of permanent staining of the skin.
What is the role of Iron in the blood and body:
Iron is an essential material for the production of haemoglobin, a compound that makes red blood cells to carry oxygen to transport to other parts of the body. When iron levels in the body becomes too low, the haemoglobin will fall below normal limit leading to condition called Iron deficiency anaemia.
What causes you to have low iron:
It is important to see your doctor to find out the causes of your iron deficiency. The common causes of low iron are:
How do I confirm that I have low iron?
Your doctor can confirm your iron level by using a range of blood test and checking the iron level.
Iron Infusion consultation fee:
Iron infusion procedure: $185
How to book an Iron infusion procedure with Northbridge Medical Centre:
The knowledgeable team at Northbridge Medical Centre are here for any questions or concerns you may have about Iron infusion procedure. Simply contact us or all 08 9228 8339 to book in your consultation.