Before you learn about iron infusion and whether it is the right therapy for you, here’s a short background on iron deficiency to help make you decide. Approximately 25% of the US population at one point in their lives suffer from iron deficiency. Iron, which is responsible for manufacturing our oxygen and carrying blood within our body, plays a key role in human health. Iron-Deficiency Anemia is a decrease in red blood cells caused by too little iron. Over prolonged period of time, anemia puts you at risk for heart failure, chronic fatigue, and mental disturbances. Menstruating women and those with chronic inflammation have the highest risk. Other ways to become iron deficient is by insufficient iron in diet, such as a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, and by losing iron from the gut or sweat. How can an element critical to human health be overlooked by so many doctors? Missed diagnoses are an all-too common occurrence.
Clinical and laboratory analysis can easily detect iron deficiency. Ferritin is the key blood test to measure iron stores, with levels <40 a marker of iron deficiency, whereas <20 marks severe iron deficiency. The hallmark features are fatigue, unusual cravings, hair loss, sense of cold, menstrual irregularities, restless leg syndrome, pale skin, weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain, and dizziness.
The Treatments for Iron Deficiency:
Based on our experience, we find IV iron infusion to be the most effective way of delivering iron into the circulation. It bypasses metabolism by liver and intestines, where oral iron supplements cannot. As a result, many of the side effects of oral iron like constipation and bloating are virtually nonexistent with IV iron. Not to mention the benefit of not having to remember to take a pill 3 times a day for many months.
Other benefits of IV Iron at Seaside Medical Practice:
IV Iron Infusion at Seaside Medical Practice costs $195 per session. We bill your insurance, where a portion or all of the cost may be covered. Contact us today at 310-393-5000 to set up your consultation and see whether you are a candidate for IV Iron Infusion!
Who administers and supervises my IV iron infusion?
Your IV therapy is administered by Dr. Nasimeh Yazdani and staff in our Seaside Medical Practice, located in Santa Monica, CA. Your treatment is designed and directly supervised by Dr. Yazdani.
Where do I actually have my IV iron infusion?
Seaside Medical Practice is located in the heart of Santa Monica, CA. Our treatment room is comfortable and relaxing. Many of our patients enjoy reading a book, listening to music, or just relaxing while they have their IV iron infusion therapy session.
Does IV Iron Infusion hurt?
Because of our team’s expertise, there is only a tiny pinprick sensation when entering the vein. Most patients say they hardly even notice it.
How long will my IV iron infusion take?
It varies. Iron infusion is administered in an IV drip, which will take approximately 30 minutes.
Will my insurance cover treatment for iron deficiency?
Insurance may cover a portion of these treatments, and the patient is responsible for any residual payment not covered by insurance.
How many treatments of IV iron infusion will I need for my iron deficiency?
Every case is different. It all depends on your particular condition and your individual response to treatment. Many of our patients report feeling symptomatic relief, more energy, and an overall sense of well-being after just one session of intravenous iron infusion. Chronic diseases often require more than 3 treatments at biweekly to monthly intervals until optimal iron stores are achieved.
Have questions about IV Iron Infusion? Contact Seaside Medical Practice to Schedule your IV Iron Therapy consultation today at 310.393.5000.