Venesection – Dr Andrew Thant
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.
Dr Andrew Thant offers a convenient venesection service for your patient at Chevron Advanced Medical. The patient will be returned to your care for follow up blood tests and left at your discretion regarding the frequency of venesections (usually 3 monthly once stable). You will receive correspondence back from Dr Andrew Thant following the venesection.
Patients are welcome to self-refer for a venesection. There must be a valid medical reason for requiring a venesection, so please bring a recent blood test to your appointment. Following the venesection, you may be requested to perform more tests to ascertain the cause of your iron overload.
Please choose one of the options below to book online, or call us on 07 5538 8811.
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.