Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australia. About 1 in 200 people of northern European origin have the genetic risk for haemochromatosis. People with haemochromatosis absorb too much iron from their diet. The excess iron is stored in the body. Over time this leads to iron overload.

Organs such as the liver, heart and pancreas are affected and ultimately damaged. Without treatment, haemochromatosis can cause premature death.

By removing 250-450ml of blood at regular intervals (venesection) the  iron excess is eliminated.

The procedure

This procedure is similar to donating blood and can take from 30 minutes up to an hour. An intravenous cannula is inserted into the arm for the duration of the procedure. Vital signs (blood pressure, pulse and respirations) are monitored throughout the procedure. You may drive yourself to/from the appointment.

Patient preparation

Please ensure you have had adequate food and fluid prior to the procedure.