Iron Infusions can sometimes be used to treat iron deficiency in the event that dietary modification and medications have proven ineffective, or in situations where iron levels need to be quickly increased such as prior to surgery or in late pregnancy so as to avoid blood transfusions.
Our doctors are able to perform intravenous iron infusions where necessary. This is a procedure that involves placing a needle into a vein in the back of the hand through which a drip is inserted to infuse iron.
Sometimes 2 infusions are required 1-2 weeks apart in order to top up iron stores to satisfactory levels.
Iron infusions can result in mild and short-term side effects such as headache, nausea, blood pressure elevation and changes in taste.
Skin Staining by way of brown discolouration is a potential side-effect that occurs due to iron leaking into the tissues around the site of infusion. The effects can be long lasting or permanent.
Our doctors will require an appointment to assess your condition and ascertain the appropriateness of iron infusion as the preferred choice of treatment. The procedure can then be conducted conveniently within a treatment room with a nurse and/or doctor.