Iron Infusions Bentleigh
Newbay Medical Clinic is proud to provide you with the high-quality care you deserve each time you visit our clinic. We understand that iron is crucial for your health and well-being. Our staff includes knowledgeable, experienced, and reassuring physicians. We also know that not everyone can take oral iron tablets. Iron infusions may be an useful way to obtain the iron you require quickly, safely, and efficiently.
What is an Iron Infusion?
Iron is a mineral present in your blood. It helps oxygen to travel through your body. We know how important iron is in our daily lives, so we want to make sure everyone has enough. Although oral iron supplements are most effective for reducing iron levels, not all people can take them well. Introducing: Iron infusions!
An IV is used to give iron directly through your vein during an iron infusion. This is called intravenous (IV) iron. For this procedure, we mix iron with a saline solution and (gently!) place a needle or cannula in your arm or back of your hand. The iron solution will travel to your iron stores and increase your iron level.
Is an Iron Infusion Right For Me?
Why Do I Need Iron?
A iron infusion procedure returns your blood iron level to the normal range. Adequate levels of iron offer benefits such as:
Iron helps transport oxygen through the body, which means your lungs have more oxygen.
Have More Energy
Low iron can lead to fatigue, which no one wants.
Maintain Healthy Cells
Healthy cells will not only make you feel better, but they will also help your skin, hair and nails look their best.
Keep You Steady
Low iron levels can cause dizziness and imbalance due to a deficiency in oxygen in the red cells.
Improved Immune System
Iron intake is important for the immune system to function properly, which in turn helps fight infection.
Keep You Warm
Low iron levels can make you more sensitive to the cold- no more teeth chattering!
Questions about Iron Infusion?
Book an Initial appointment with one our GPs to discuss your suitability for an Iron Infusion. If you’re suitable for iron infusion, we’ll arrange your procedure. We conduct a blood test to determine whether an iron injection is necessary and the amount of iron required.
The actual procedure takes about 30 minutes. We also allow 30 minutes for you to be monitored for allergic reactions. Allow at least an hour for your iron infusion.
About one in ten patients might experience flu-like symptoms. These include muscle aches or mild fever. Anaphylaxis or allergic reactions are very rare side effects. This is why we keep you monitored and have qualified staff available to assist you if required.
All Newbay Medical Clinic doctors have been trained in the administration of iron infusions using IV cannulas. Paravenous leakage, which can lead to permanent brown spots on the skin, can happen despite the best practices for insertion and administration of the IV cannula. Talk to your doctor about this before your procedure.
Simply go about your daily life! Fasting is not necessary. Just eat normally and take your medication as usual.
After receiving an iron infusion, most patients can drive themselves home and resume their daily lives. However, if you experience an unexpected reaction, you will need somebody to take you home.
Although iron levels in the blood immediately improve, it may take two weeks for you to start to notice an improvement in your energy and overall well-being.
As part of our cost transparency model of care, please find below a breakdown of costs associated with an iron infusion at Newbay Medical Clinic:
- Initial consult: $46 gap
- Ferinject, which will need to be purchased from the chemist prior to the procedure: approximately $41.50 (correct at time of writing as per local chemist’s website)
- Procedure: $169.20 gap
Why Choose Us?
Newbay Medical Clinic is proud of its prompt, quality service and ability to make you feel at home. Visiting the doctor can often be stressful. Therefore, we want to make you feel at home and welcome you to our office (or by phone line or via our website). Our approachability helps us to stand out from the crowd, so you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns with any of our caring, experienced, and knowledgeable staff.
Book Your Consultation Today
An iron infusion is a great option if you are unable to take oral iron. Our caring and friendly staff at Newbay Medical Clinic are skilled in administering iron infusions. Our friendly, experienced team can help you determine if you are a candidate for an iron injection.