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Iron Deficiency – Erindale

First Consultation

If you are a new patient to our practice you will need to make an appointment with Dr Hussain Kajani to discuss the iron infusion process and determine that an iron infusion is the best option for you. Please bring your recent blood test results with you to this appointment.

The cost of this consultation will be $74.00. If you are covered by Medicare you will be able to receive a Medicare
rebate of $37.60.

On the Day of your Iron Infusion

The cost of an iron infusion at Family Healthcare Erindale is $162.80 which is made up of a $72.80 fee for the consultation and procedure (which is paid through medicare) and a $90 facility fee to cover the cost of materials (which is non refundable by Medicare). You will need to pay the $162.80 account in full on the day.

If you are covered by Medicare you will be able to receive a Medicare rebate of $72.80.

Iron infusions at
Family Healthcare Erindale are conducted by Dr Hussain Kajani

Dr Kajani graduated in 2002 and has experience in the USA, UK and Regional and Rural Australia.

He has been a General Practitioner for over 15 years.

Dr Kajani has special interests in; men’s health, women’s health, chronic disease management, geriatric care, skin cancer, Iron Infusions, anti-wrinkle injections and minor procedures.

Dr Kajani will look forward to having you as his patient and new patients are always welcome.

Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is very common in Australia, and the symptoms include loss of vitality, loss of energy, and loss of stamina. There is also evidence to suggest that iron deficiency may lead to impairment of the immune system, and to emotional disorders such as depression.

The richest source of iron in our diet is red meat, but many people do not eat enough red meat to maintain adequate iron stores.

Even with a diet that is rich in red meat, few people would be able to absorb more than about 2 mg of iron per day. Yet in iron deficiency, it is very common to identify patients who are deficient of iron to the extent of 1000-1500mg. Using the rule of thumb of 2 mg per day, it would take years to correct that deficiency. Eating green vegetables and taking iron supplements by mouth do not increase the rate at which iron is absorbed.

Iron Infusions – Benefits

If your doctor identifies you as having an iron deficiency, an iron infusion is one of the easiest treatments available. The full amount of iron that you need is given intravenously over about 20 minutes.
No blood or blood products are used.

Iron Infusions – Side Effects

Side-effects from iron infusions are uncommon, but there is always a small risk of an adverse reaction like an allergy. Family Healthcare Erindale is properly equipped with appropriate drugs and equipment to deal effectively and quickly with an allergy, should it occur.

There is a small (uncommon) risk of long –lasting brown discolouration of the skin which can occur due to leakage of Ferinject at the injection side.

Other side effects you might experience for up to 2 days after the infusion include:

  • Temporary changes in taste (metallic)
  • Headache, feeling sick or vomiting
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Itchiness, rash
  • Changes to blood pressure or pulse
  • Burning and swelling at injection site Before you have IV iron – tell your doctor if you:
  • Are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Have a history of asthma, eczema or other allergies
  • Have had a reaction to any type of iron injection or infusion in the past
  • Have a history of high iron levels, haemochromatosis or liver problems
  • Are on any medications (including over the counter or herbal supplements)

 

On the day of your Iron Infusion

  • Have your regular breakfast/meals
  • Drink plenty of fluid
  • Take all your regular medications
  • Allow 1/2 hour for the procedure
  • You can drive home after the infusion and resume usual activities (unless there is an unexpected reaction)

 

Appointments

Please phone the Surgery on
(08) 8332 0055 to arrange an appointment with Dr Kajani.