The goal of therapy for hemochromatosis is to remove iron from the body before it can produce irreversible organ damage. Treatment for hemochromatosis includes avoiding foods that contain iron, a liver disease diet, phlebotomy, and medications that remove iron from the bloodstream.
Treatment for hemochromatosis includes:
- Avoid foods that contain iron.
- Liver disease diet
- Phlebotomy for hemochromatosis:
- Blood is removed from the bloodstream, in order to reduce iron levels
- Medications that removes iron from the bloodstream:
- Hemochromatosis surgery:
- Used to treat complications of end stage liver disease
- Use to treat severe joint damage
Hemochromatosis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of hemochromatosis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat hemochromatosis:
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