Venesection for Haemochromatosis

“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.

We all know that not enough iron causes health problems but few realise that for some, too much iron is also a problem. If undetected and untreated, the excess iron can cause organ or tissue damage and can potentially result in premature death.”- Haemochromatosis Australia

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


  • This procedure is similar to donating blood and can take from 30 minutes, up to 1 hour.
  • An intravenous cannula is inserted into the arm for the duration of the procedure and then removed at the end.
  • Vital signs (blood pressure, pulse and oxygen levels) are monitored throughout the procedure.
  • You may drive yourself to/from the appointment.


  • Please ensure you have had adequate food prior to the procedure.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you would like to know more, please visit Haemochromatosis Australia.