IV Iron Infusion Therapy: A Summary
IV Iron Infusion Therapy is a medical treatment prescribed by doctors to treat Iron Deficiency Anemia. It is a procedure during which iron is being delivered (infused) into your bloodstream directly for optimal absorption. Some of the reasons why your doctor might think you need an iron infusion include inability to absorb iron due to gut issues, blood loss, and/or failure to supplement iron orally.
Traditional iron pills are an excellent source of supplementation. However, there is an upper threshold to how much patients can absorb daily via oral iron pills; depending on the form of anemia a patient is suffering from it might not suffice to be an effective treatment option. On the other hand, iron infusions are prescribed by doctors after a thorough physical exam and blood panel, ensuring that the patient is receiving the best care possible.
What is Anemia?
Anemia is a condition in which our body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to supply oxygen to various parts of our system. The most common symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, and general weakness. Other symptoms include headache, pale skin tone, brittle nails, and cold hands/feet. Although these symptoms are commonplace among people suffering from anemia, there are different forms of anemia with different probable medical causes. Some anemia are chronic while others are acute in nature, which is why it is important to consult a physician well trained in the treatment options for different forms of anemia to ensure you receive the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Types of Anemia
Iron Deficiency Anemia
Vitamin Deficiency Anemia e.g. B12 Deficiency Anemia
Anemia caused by chronic illnesses such as HIV, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis etc.
Anemia caused by bone marrow diseases
Sickle Cell Anemia
Prevention and Treatment Options
Consume a well balanced diet that includes iron-rich food such as lean meat, beans, spinach etc.
Consider oral supplementation such as a daily multivitamin or a B12 supplement
Over the counter (OTC) iron supplements as instructed by your doctor
IV Iron Infusion Therapy
Iron Infusions at Studio Med
At Studio Med, our physicians spend an average of 1 hour with you for your consultation, obtaining full medical history and listening carefully to your symptoms and needs. A full examination and blood panel will be ordered as well to help diagnosis and determine the root cause of your anemia as well as the proper dosage and frequency of your iron infusion treatment. After your first treatment, Studio Med follows up with you every step of the way. Blood panels are usually ordered after a prescribed amount of time by our physicians to determine whether or not the dosage and frequency requires adjustment.
IV Iron Infusion Therapy as well as the doctor’s consultations leading up to the treatment can be done in the comfort of your home! After scheduling your appointment with us, our team of physician and staff will bring all necessary medical supplies to your hotel, office, apartment, or house. All medical supplies are sterile, individually packaged by the manufacturer, and disposable after a single use to ensure patient safety.
To learn more about IV Iron Infusion Therapy and find out if it is right for you, contact us at (646)526-2353 or send us a message below!