Venesection - Dr Andrew Thant - Chevron Advanced Medical

Venesection - Dr Andrew Thant

Therapeutic venesection, sometimes known as bloodletting, is indicated for medical conditions such as Haemochromatosis, Polycythaemia and Porpyhria Cutania Tarda. Venesection is the act of drawing blood from your body. It has a longstanding history in medicine, though in modern times it is generally restricted to the aforementioned medical conditions. 

Is a referral needed?
A referral is not needed. However, there must be a medical reason for requiring a venesection, so please bring recent blood test results to your appointment. 

Fees and booking:
You can book online, or call us on 07 5538 8811. 

Book online - Venesection - The fee is $130, and your Medicare rebate is $82, resulting in a gap of $48. DVA gold - bulk billed.

Gold Coast venesection service

This is a genetic disorder whereby too much iron is absorbed into the bloodstream from your diet. This results in excess iron - much more than what your body needs. There is no effective method for your body to excrete this excess iron (except in women where iron is lost during menstruation). Over time, iron deposits build up in your liver, joints, heart and other organs. The effects are more prominent in men and postmenopausal women. In severe cases, Haemochromatosis can lead to liver cirrhosis, arthritis, congestive heart failure and death. 

By removing blood via venesection, the level of iron in the body is reduced. Treatment is continued until the ferritin reaches a normal level. The frequency of venesection treatments differs from one person to another. At first you may require weekly venesections. When your blood levels are under control you may only need a venesection every six to twelve weeks, or longer. Maintaining a normal ferritin level helps stop damage to your organs from excess iron. 

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