The Importance of Health Checks

The Importance of Health Checks

How to prepare when your gastroenterologist recommends an iron infusion

by Roberta Craig

One procedure that your gastroenterologist may recommend is an iron infusion. This is a simple treatment in which iron is slowly introduced to your bloodstream by an intravenous drip and may be recommended if you are anaemic and not absorbing enough iron through the stomach or gut. There are a few simple preparations you can make to help the procedure pass more smoothly.

Eat and drink normally

There is no need to fast for an iron infusion. You should eat and drink the same as you normally would — but don't have any more than usual. You should have enough to feel comfortable during the procedure.

Take any medications

You should continue to take any regular medications that you have been prescribed unless you are told otherwise. Make sure your gastroenterologist knows about these medications, but it is unlikely that they will interfere with the iron infusion procedure.

Make yourself comfortable

The procedure will take a few hours, so you should aim to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Wear loose clothing that will not need adjusting during the procedure. You may want a bottle of water with you, and you should have something to stop yourself from getting bored — a book, music or a smartphone, for example. If you suffer from nerves, make sure you discuss the procedure with your gastroenterologist so that you know exactly what is going to happen.

Learn the procedures

You should not feel any real discomfort during the procedure. However, you should make sure you know how to call for a nurse if something doesn't feel right. There is a small possibility that you might feel an allergic reaction to the injection site, which could lead to a burning sensation. You should report this as soon as you notice it.

Plan for afterwards

After the procedure, you will be able to leave and carry on with your normal activities. You will probably be monitored for a short while to make sure there are no adverse effects, but then you will be able to leave. You will be able to drive and even go back to work if you want, so make sure you know how you will be getting home and what you will be doing with the rest of your day.

An iron infusion is safe and effective and should not cause any problems. Just discuss any worries with your gastroenterologist or doctor and the procedure should pass without any difficulties.

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The Importance of Health Checks

Hello, my name is Liam and I live in Alice Springs, Australia. I work pretty hard every day out on my farm, so it isn't unusual for me to have aches and pains. I hate going to the doctor so I normally pop a couple of painkillers or open a cold beer to deal with the discomfort. However, my wife kept on nagging me to see a doctor, which I eventually did. The doctor at Fidelity Health Choice discovered that I had a rare infection which was causing the pain. After a course of drugs, I fully recovered. I now attend regular appointments. I hope you enjoy my health and wellbeing blog.