Venesection (Phlebotomy)

Alleviates symptoms and improves overall health

What is Venesection?

red blood cells billirubenVenesection, also known as phlebotomy or bloodletting, is a medical procedure that involves the removal of a specific amount of blood from a patient’s body.

This therapeutic intervention has been practiced for centuries and is utilized in various medical conditions to alleviate symptoms and improve overall health.

Purpose of Venesection

Venesection is primarily performed to:

Treat Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a hereditary disorder characterized by excessive iron accumulation in the body. Regular venesection can help reduce iron levels, preventing iron overload-related complications.

Manage Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia Vera is a blood disorder characterized by the overproduction of red blood cells. 


Venesection can effectively reduce blood viscosity and maintain optimal hematocrit levels.

Address Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

This condition results in a buildup of porphyrins in the liver, leading to skin-related symptoms. Venesection can assist in reducing porphyrin levels and alleviating associated symptoms.

Support Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

In certain cases, venesection may be performed to remove excess medications or substances from the bloodstream, assisting with therapeutic drug monitoring.

young man removes his blood during a venesection
Young man with hemochromatosis, a hereditary disorder which which produces excess iron. Venesection is a way to reduce iron levels.

Process of Venesection

The process of venesection involves several steps, which generally include:

1st appointment

Before undergoing venesection, a medical assessment is conducted by our doctor and pathology tests ordered if needed. This evaluation helps determine the appropriateness of the procedure, identify any potential risks or contraindications, and establish the frequency and amount of blood to be removed.

2nd and Subsequent Appointments

Informed Consent

Informed consent is obtained from the patient, ensuring they understand the purpose, risks, benefits, and alternatives associated with venesection. This step ensures that the patient can make an informed decision about proceeding with the procedure.


The patient is prepared for the venesection procedure, which typically involves cleansing the site where the blood will be drawn. The healthcare professional may use an antiseptic solution to minimize the risk of infection.

Blood Collection

A healthcare professional will access a vein, usually in the arm, using a sterile needle. The amount of blood to be withdrawn will depend on the specific condition being treated. The collected blood is collected in a specialized container or bag.

Monitoring & Disposal

Throughout the venesection process, vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation may be monitored to ensure the patient’s safety. Once the desired amount of blood is collected, it is appropriately disposed of according to medical waste management guidelines.

Post-Procedure Care

After the venesection, patients are often advised to rest and hydrate adequately. Depending on the individual, the frequency of venesection sessions may vary, and follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor the patient’s progress.

Seeking Venesection Treatment

If you believe you could benefit from venesection treatment, it is essential to consult a doctor in the specific condition you’re seeking treatment for. They will assess your medical history, conduct appropriate tests, and determine the suitability of venesection as part of your treatment plan.


The cost of the treatment is $240.00 each treatment with a Medicare rebate of $76.95 (or $163.05 with rebate).

Further Reading

Please note that the information provided on this website page is for informational purposes only and does not substitute professional medical advice on venesection. Always consult a healthcare professional for personalized guidance and recommendations regarding your specific medical condition.

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