Venesection (Therapeutic Phlebotomy for Haemochromatosis)
The most commonly used treatment for haemochromatosis is a procedure to remove some of your blood, known as a phlebotomy or venesection.
Venesection means the removal of blood, just like giving a blood donation. Every unit of blood (500ml) removed contains about 250mg of iron. Your body will use up more iron to replace these red blood cells, helping to reduce the amount of iron in your body.
Therapeutic Phlebotomy is free for patients with a medical card. It is also a procedure covered by many health insurance policies.