Iron Infusions on the Northern Beaches
Why an iron infusion?
Increasing the amount of iron a person has in their blood can cure anemia or increase a low red blood cell count.
The body uses iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an important part of red blood cells and helps carry oxygen around the body.
If a person does not have enough hemoglobin, they can feel tired, have a rapid heartbeat, and may even have difficulty breathing. An iron infusion may be used for someone with an iron deficiency when supplements do not work.
What is an Iron Infusion?
An Iron infusion is a procedure in which iron is delivered to your body intravenously, meaning into a vein through a needle. This method of delivering medication or supplementation is also known as an intravenous (IV) infusion.
It is recommended patients research about possible reactions, in particular about staining at the site of the infusion. It is important to be aware that there is a possibility of staining and this is often not listed as a possible side effect from the medication itself. The carboxymaltose product information notes a frequency of 1-10/1000.
It is common that most health professionals require an initial consultation to discuss this treatment option before arranging an Iron Infusion. Doctors in this location require a consultation even if you have had a consultation with another doctor elsewhere.
If you have already had blood tests done, bring these with you.
The following health professionals offer the service of an iron infusion for local Northern Beaches residents:
Dr Yu Mack Deng, Dr Lachlan McArthur, Dr Sam Rojo, Dr Maciej Mazurek.
The fee can vary between doctors, but in general the average fee for the procedure is $250 with a Medicare rebate of $75 (you will require a consultation appointment prior as well).