Infusion therapy refers to a type of treatment or therapy in which medicine, nutrients, or special fluids are delivered directly through a needle or catheter into the body. Depending on the type of infusion, this can be done through a blood vessel, under the skin, into a muscle, or into the spinal cord. It is typically used when a patient’s condition cannot be effectively treated using oral medication. Should you or a loved one be experiencing medical conditions that may benefit from infusion services, contact Dr. Susan Baker today for rheumatological care that can meet your unique needs. To schedule a consultation, call (310) 274-7770 today.
Help from Infusion Services
Drugs that are commonly administered through infusion therapy include :
- Pain management
- Parenteral nutrition
While infusion therapy is used to treat patients with a wide assortment of chronic and rare diseases, the most commonly treated conditions are:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Bechet’s disease
- Common variable immunodeficiency
- Crohn’s disease
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Wegener’s granulomatosis
If you are interested in exploring infusion therapy, simply contact Dr. Susan A. Baker in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.
What Can Infusion Services be Used to Treat?
Infusion can be used to treat a broad variety of conditions and diseases, ranging from dehydration to cancer and cancer-related pain. Dr. Baker uses infusion primary to treat various rheumatologic conditions and osteoporosis. Common rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis drugs administered through infusion include the following:
- Boniva – an osteoporosis drug that helps increase bone density and decrease bone fractures
- Reclast – an osteoporosis drug that helps strengthen bone by inhibiting bone removal
- Benlysta – a synthetic antibody that treats lupus by targeting B-lymphocyte stimulator protein
- Orencia – a synthetic protein produced by recombinant DNA technology to combat rheumatoid arthritis
- Remicade – an antibody used to treat rheumatoid arthritis by blocking the effects of tumor necrosis factor alpha
- Rituxan – a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis that depletes the number of B-cells and reduces inflammation
- Actemra – a synthetic protein that treats rheumatoid arthritis by blocking the effects of IL-6
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I need to bring when I come for treatment?
A: In general, infusion therapy with Dr. Baker is a quiet, relaxing experience. Our expert staff will help you with everything you need. You might want to bring a book or magazine to entertain yourself while the procedure is taking place. Other than that, the only thing you need is what you would normally bring to any other doctor’s appointment.
Q: Is infusion therapy a safe way to receive treatment?
A: Infusion therapy is a safe and approved method of treatment. Dr. Baker will work with you to make sure it is the right treatment for your condition.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: The side effects of infusion therapy vary depending on the side effects of the specific drug. Dr. Baker will help you fully understand any potential side effects before you undergo treatment.
Q: Why is this procedure a good choice for me?
A: In some cases, such as the osteoporosis treatments Boniva or Reclast, infusion therapy makes it possible to require the drug only once a year. The entire procedure takes only 5-15 minutes, and the drug is administered directly into the bone. This lets the treatment bypass the gastrointestinal tract all together, and helps the patient avoid the symptoms associated with pills.
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Contact a Los Angles Infusion Services Center
Has your doctor prescribed infusion therapy as the best treatment for your condition? If you are looking for a safe and relaxing atmosphere in which to be treated, then contact Dr. Susan A. Baker today. In addition to being board certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology, she has also received both the “Patient’s Choice Award” and “Most Compassionate Doctor” award. Call (310) 274-7770 today for caring, comfortable treatment.
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