There is no cure for haemochromatosis at the moment, but there are therapies that can reduce the quantity of iron in the body and reduce the risk of damage.

There are two primary treatments.

  1. Phlebotomy – a process to extract some of your blood; this may be required every week at first and maybe required 2 to 4 times a year for the rest of the time.
  2. Chelation therapy entails taking medication to lessen the quantity of iron in your body; this is only performed if it is difficult to remove some of your blood on a regular basis.

Venesection for Haemochromatosis

Venesection for Hemochromatosis, often known as phlebotomy, is a procedure used to withdraw blood, typically 450mL to 500mL. It is similar to the concept of donating blood in that it is essentially the same operation. Venesection therapy efficiently lowers iron levels and prevents an excess of iron from being stored in the body. Because venesection is identical to blood donation, there should be few to no side effects and no long-term problems. As your body adapts to having less blood, you may suffer dizziness or light-headedness; if this occurs, please notify our doctors or nurses to provide appropriate care.

You may also observe some redness at the injection site, although this should fade away after a few days. To minimize further bruising or stiffness, it is preferable to avoid carrying heavy objects with the hand used for venesection for at least 24 hours. It is also strongly advised that you eat and stay hydrated prior to having a venesection in order to reduce adverse effects and avoid feeling dizzy and nauseous following the procedure.

The expelled blood contains iron-containing red blood cells, and your body will be using up more iron to replace them, significantly reducing the quantity of iron in your body.

Venesection for Haemochromatosis

The therapy process is divided into two stages:


  1. Induction - blood is drawn on a regular basis (typically weekly) until your iron levels return to normal; this can take up to a year or more.
  2. Maintenance entails drawing blood less regularly (generally twice a year) to keep your iron levels to normal; this is typically needed forever.
The therapy process is divided into two stages:


In conclusion. We Care Health to support you with the best possible treatment for Hemochromatosis. If you feel you have Hemochromatosis but are unsure, come in immediately for a proper diagnosis and a venesection to get it treated. Our team of healthcare specialists is here to help you every step of the journey and address questions you may have. Please contact us or visit our centre as soon as possible to have your Hemochromatosis cured.


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