Venesection - Gold Coast

Therapeutic vensection, sometimes known as bloodletting, is indicated for medical conditions such as Haemochromatosis, Polycythaemia and Porpyhria Cutania Tarda. Bloodletting 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. There are generally 2 ways of getting a venesection: at the Red Cross (referral required for medical conditions) or at a medical centre which performs venesection, such as at Chevron Advanced Medical.

Venesection on the Gold Coast


Haemochromatosis:
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. Maintaining a normal ferritin level helps stop damage to your organs from excess iron.


Polycythaemia:
This is a blood disorder in which the body makes too many red blood cells, which results in "thickening" of the blood. This blood thickening increases the chance of blood clots forming. Blood clots can lead to strokes, heart attacks, clots in your lungs or DVTs (deep vein thrombosis). Venesection is the mainstay treatment for Polycythaemia - and is used to reduce the number of blood cells by decreasing the blood volume. Treatment is continued until the haematocrit levels are normal. Other measures can include: aspirin and avoiding tobacco. There are also specialised medications that can be prescribed by a haematologist, for which a referral is required.


Venesection Cost:
Bulk billed for patients with Haemochromatosis or Polycythaemia.
There will be a gap fee for patients without those medical conditions.
New patients will incur a gap fee for their first consult.


How to Book:
-> Please call us on 07 55388811 to book in for your venesection.
-> Please bring your blood test results to your appointment.

The frequency of venesection treatments differs from one person to another. It is performed according to one's condition. 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. The doctor will advise you when to book in next.


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