Iron infusion Melbourne
Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in Australia. People with an iron deficiency have low levels of essential minerals in the body. Our bodies need iron to make haemoglobin, which delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body.
Low iron or haemoglobin may leave us feeling unusually tired and affects our ability to concentrate and function properly. Very low levels of ferritin can lead to a condition called anaemia.
If you have been diagnosed with an iron deficiency, your doctor might recommend an intravenous iron infusion to bring your ferritin levels back to normal. MVS Centre can assist with this.
What is an IV iron infusion?
IV iron infusion is a simple procedure carried out on-site by one of our experienced nurses. The procedure involves placing a needle into the vein (usually in your arm or hand) and allowing the intravenous drip solution to infuse into your bloodstream.
Appointments typically take approximately 30 minutes, and we walk you through the entire process for your peace of mind. MVS Centre has delivered more than 3500 IV iron infusion procedures at our Melbourne clinic.
Why do I need an IV iron infusion?
The most common reason for needing an IV iron infusion is because your doctor has noticed you are iron deficient or have anaemia. Iron infusion can be an efficient method for offsetting a nutritional deficiency, boosting energy levels, improving muscle strength and enhancing brain function.
An intravenous drip may be the best way for you to combat your iron deficiency, especially if oral supplements or dietary adjustments are not practical remedies.
Preparing for your iron infusion in Melbourne
There is not much required of clients who are preparing for an IV iron infusion at our Melbourne clinic in Australia.
- Eat normally; there is no need to fast.
- Take all your regular medications as per usual.
- Drink lots of water – hydration helps some patients who tend to feel queasy around needles.
How will you feel during and after the procedure?
Patients may experience a “heavy arm” sensation during the procedure. Other temporary side effects can include a metallic taste and flu-like symptoms for one to two days afterwards.
How is Iron deficiency diagnosed?
Your doctor will be able to diagnose this deficiency from simple lab work to check the levels of the ferritin mineral in your system. If the results from the blood test show low ferritin levels, your GP will investigate the cause. Iron deficiency can be caused by a low ferritin diet, excessive bleeding, or trouble absorbing this essential mineral.
How can you tell if you are anemic?
There are a range of signs and symptoms that may indicate you are iron deficient. Common symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, feeling lightheaded, fragility, and an accelerated heartbeat. Other signs may include chest pains, cold hands and feet, brittle nails, inflamed tongue, poor appetite, and dry skin.
If you have any of these symptoms, please visit a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis and prescribed treatment plan.
How quickly can iron deficiency be corrected?
Iron deficiency cannot be corrected overnight – it may take 6-8 weeks to see results from an IV iron infusion. However, with proper treatment and dietary changes, your ferritin levels will begin to increase. Many patients report improvements within days of having an infusion.
How can you raise your iron levels fast?
There is no quick way to increase your ferritin levels. We recommend that in addition to having an IV iron infusion, you follow healthcare advice as suggested by your medical professional. Supplements and dietary changes (i.e. consuming more red meat, poultry, pork, beans and seafood) can further improve your ferritin levels. Foods that are rich in Vitamin C can also help – this includes brussels sprouts, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, and bell pepper.
How do you check your iron levels?
Your general practitioner will be able to get some lab work done in order to determine what your ferritin levels are. Your overall ferritin level is measured through a series of tests. These tests will look at the amount of the ferritin mineral in your blood, the amount stored in the body, and the amount of it that is carried through the bloodstream.
How much does an IV iron infusion cost?
We charge one fee for intravenous drip procedures. The cost is $355 and this includes the iron preparation and all the consumables. You are not required to have an initial consultation prior to the infusion. However, a valid referral is required. A Medicare rebate is not available on this procedure.
Iron infusion at Moonee Valley Specialist Centre
We’re proud to provide a smooth and all-inclusive iron infusion service.
And we’re proud of our track record of high-quality care.
We have performed over 3,500 iron infusions without staining a patient (staining is an unwanted and sometimes permanent adverse effect from an iron infusion).
Our patient-centred approach sets us apart from other clinics. Other places may make you come in several times before your infusion happens.
We operate differently
- We don’t inconvenience you with numerous appointments, nor do we surprise you with sudden costs. With us, you pay one set fee that covers everything.
- We don’t let junior doctors practice on you. With us, you get the experience you’re paying for.
- We don’t herd you into a room with other patients and disappear. With us, you’re assured of privacy and attention. Either Dr Connelly or our practice nurse monitors you throughout your treatment.
Our iron infusion process
If you would prefer not to attend a GP appointment to order a blood test to check your iron levels, you can order a pathology form through our centre. We commonly order a Full Blood Examination (FBE) along with iron studies.
To proceed with ordering a pathology form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the email subject line, specifiy “Request Pathology Slip Nurse.”
In the body of the email please include the following information:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Mobile number
- Health insurance nambe and number
- The reason for ordering this pathology form
The cost associated with ordering a pathology form through Moonee Valley Specialist Centre is $15.00.
Your GP checks your iron levels and refers you to Dr Connelly.
(Despite what some people may tell you, you must have a referral and blood tests for an iron infusion – that’s how the health system works.)
Book an iron infusion appointment at MVS Centre in Melbourne today
Please note: If your doctor has recommended that you have an intravenous drip, they should provide a referral, which you will need to bring to your appointment.
Note: An “iron infusion” should not be confused with “iron transfusion”, which involves adding the same substance from an external source into the bloodstream. An infusion refers to an outside substance from an external source administered into the bloodstream.
*All information is general in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. See a doctor if you experience a persistent change in bowel habits or if you have signs and symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.