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Hemophilia

Meet the Experts

Treating hemophilia involves more than just replacing the missing factor. It involves close monitoring for any unusual reactions to treatment, care for one’s emotional and psychological needs, physical therapy, and a range of other holistic approaches. 

That’s why it takes a team of specialists to ensure your child’s hemophilia is under the best control possible—and give the best chance to live life to the fullest.  

At OIC, we’ve got every aspect of hemophilia care covered. Here’s a look at who’s who on the hemophilia treatment team.


 

Hematologists

Hematology is the branch of medicine dedicated to studying and healing blood-related health issues, like hemophilia. (The prefixes “hemo-” and “hemato-” mean “blood” in Latin.)  

Hematologists are medical doctors who have special training in treating bleeding disorders. At OIC, the hematologist will oversee treatment, make any adjustments the treatment regimen in order to keep factor levels where they need to be, and provide referrals to specialists, if necessary.


 

Orthopaedic Surgeons

Because hemophilia can cause potentially debilitating joint bleeds, surgery is sometimes the best option for repairing damage and helping maintain mobility.

That’s where orthopaedic surgeons come in. And the orthopaedic surgeons at OIC are specially trained to meet the unique challenges involved in operating on patients with hemophilia.


 

Medical Assistants And Patient Representatives

Medical assistants and patient representatives ensure that everything runs smoothly during appointments at OIC’s Hemophilia Treatment Center. They are ready to assist the doctor and provide you and your child with important patient education and information.  

This means they might help with everything from discussing patient medical histories to making sure you and your child understand any new instructions from the doctor. Medical assistants can also do blood draws and authorize medication refills, if necessary.


 

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are ready to handle a variety of routine and urgent medical care needs. Their training allows them to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the larger hemophilia treatment team. 

When you or your child comes to OIC for hemophilia treatment, a nurse practitioner might be responsible for everything from ordering or performing lab work to prescribing medications. Nurse practitioners can also provide education to help patients successfully manage hemophilia.


 

Pharmacists

Hemophilia treatment usually involves giving medications designed to replace the missing clotting factor in the blood. At OIC, the pharmacist’s goal is to do just that by ensuring that the treatment regimen is right.  

This might mean adjusting the amount or frequency of treatment—or switching to a different product.  

The pharmacist is also a valuable source of information about ways to manage potential side effects of both hemophilia and its treatment.


 

Physical Therapists

Even though hemophilia is a bleeding disorder, its impact can be seen in more than just blood samples. Joint damage caused by joint bleeds can limit one’s ability to move around and function alongside his peers. 

But physical therapists can help people with hemophilia who are struggling with mobility issues caused by joint damage. That’s why our hemophilia treatment team at OIC considers access to a physical therapist an important part of managing life with this condition.


 

Social Workers

It can be hard to juggle the different aspects of care that are needed when a patient has hemophilia. Social workers at OIC are here to provide support—whether that means helping coordinate services between specialists or ensuring that you or your child is coping well with the diagnosis and treatment regimen.