Are You Iron Deficient?
Iron infusions are so important! Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in Australia.
If you have an iron deficiency, it means you have low levels of iron and essential minerals in your body. The body needs iron to make haemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the blood to all of the cells in your body. The body cannot make iron on its own.
If your iron or haemoglobin levels are low, you may feel unusually tired and have difficulties concentrating and being able to function normally. Very low levels of iron can lead to a condition called anaemia.
It is essential to treat iron deficiency to bring your levels back to normal. If you have been diagnosed with iron deficiency, your doctor might recommend an intravenous iron infusion.
What is an intravenous iron infusion?
An intravenous iron infusion is a simple procedure performed in our consulting rooms by our Registered Nurse Nicole Starbuck-Connelly. Nicole has 20 years of nursing experience and will make you feel comfortable throughout your journey.
It involves a needle being placed into a vein in your arm or hand for the iron solution (Iron Carboxymaltose and saline) to drip (infuse) into your bloodstream. Your appointment will take about 30 minutes in total. At your appointment, you will be fully consented for the procedure and have everything explained to you. It is a simple and straight forward procedure. We have performed in excess of 1600 iron infusions and remain the best place to get your iron infusion done. All of our patients are sent a questionnaire about their experience one week after their infusion.
At Moonee Valley Specialist Centre, we use a type of iron infusion called Ferrinject (Iron Carboxymaltose).
Why do I need an Fe Infusion?
Fe (IRON) infusions are used when a patient has had blood tests performed that prove iron deficiency and/or anaemia. Sometimes this is attributed to blood loss or other reasons. Ferrinject is a type of Fe infusion that can be given over 15-20 minutes in our consulting rooms, saving time for the patient.
Getting an iron infusion in Melbourne at our clinic can be an important way for you to offset a nutritional deficiency. The human body needs iron to produce haemoglobin, which is the part of our red blood cells that help transport oxygen around the body.
This means that a blood infusion for low iron can prove to be essential for supporting your energy levels, the strength of your muscles, and the function of your mental faculties.
A lot of people search for “iron transfusion near me” because they have been diagnosed with a deficiency by their doctor following a blood test. For many, this is a solution to the unexplained tiredness they feel throughout the day despite not exerting themselves.
An IV iron infusion may be the best way for you to combat your deficiency, especially if oral supplements or dietary adjustment are not practical or possible as remedies.
Iron infusion preparation
Luckily, not much is required when it comes to preparing for your IV iron infusion.
- Eat normally, there is no need to fast.
- Take all your regular medications as per usual.
- Prepare yourself for an IV drip being inserted into your arm or hand.
How will I feel during and after the procedure?
Patients may experience feelings of a ‘heavy’ arm during the procedure. Other temporary side effects can include a metallic taste and flu-like symptoms for one to two days after the procedure.
Any side effects generally ease over a number of days. If you have any concerns, please contact your GP.
Do I need a referral for an iron infusion?
Yes. If your doctor recommends that you have an intravenous iron infusion, they should provide a referral, which you need to bring to your appointment.
How much will an iron infusion cost?
A Registered Nurse will be with you for the entirety of the infusion. An iron infusion will cost $345 and includes everything for the whole procedure (including the iron and all consumables). You will not have to pick up the iron from the pharmacy as that is done for you, and you will not have any wait time on arrival or have to repeat blood tests already performed by your GP. You are NOT required to have an initial consultation at all prior to the infusion. However, a valid referral is required. Unfortunately, there is no Medicare rebate.
How is iron deficiency diagnosed?
Your doctor will be able to diagnose iron deficiency from a simple blood test to check the levels of iron in your blood. If the results of the blood test show low iron levels, your GP will investigate the cause.
Iron deficiency can be caused by a diet low in iron, blood loss, or trouble absorbing iron.