Iron is an essential mineral and adequate levels are required for the normal production of haemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen in the blood. Iron deficiency can cause lethargy, fatigue and in more severe cases, anaemia which can cause a pale complexion, dizziness, shortness of breath and a reduced capacity for exercise. In pregnancy, iron deficiency can cause restricted foetal growth.
Providing iron by infusion allows for rapid restoration of the body’s healthy iron levels with relatively few side effects.
In general, side effects from iron infusions are uncommon and most people will not experience any. When side effects do occur, they are typically transient and mild. There may be some irritation at the cannula site for a number of days following the infusion. In very rare cases where the cannula becomes dislodged during an infusion, the skin around the injection site may become permanently discoloured (however, the risk is less than 1%).
Prior to receiving an iron infusion with Mingara Medical, you must be aware of the following:
- You must see your doctor to obtain a prescription for Ferinject, you will need to bring this medication with you on the day of your infusion.
- You must have recent blood results either on file at Mingara Medical or from your referring doctor for us to retain on your electronic medical record. Bring these results with you if you have obtained them from somewhere other than Mingara Medical.
- You must be aware of the fees involved. The total cost is $137 (not including the medication). This includes a theatre booking fee of $60 which has no rebate and a consult charge on the day of $77 (which has a rebate of $38.75). The theatre booking fee will be charged at the time of booking.
Call us on 4302 3333 for more information.