Venesection therapy involves removing blood from the body to remove excess iron or blood. Up to 500mls at a time can be removed for the treatment of medical conditions such as haemochromatosis or polycythaemia rubra vera.
Venesection is a simple procedure and is essentially identical to the process involved in donating blood. Serious side effects with venesection are very unlikely, however it is common that you may feel a bit tired or light-headed and possibly have some local bruising or soreness at the site where the needle was placed. To avoid being affected it is recommended that you eat prior to the procedure and that you are well hydrated.
A referral from your doctor is required for all venesections.