What is Subcutaneous Hormone Pellet Implantation?

brandon llewellyn | 16 November, 2021

            What is Subcutaneous Hormone Pellet Implantation?

Hormonal changes over the years are a natural occurrence everybody experiences, but some face more significant symptoms than others. Sometimes these extreme symptoms result from additional medical conditions, or the body has ceased to produce necessary hormones to counteract any symptoms. There are plenty of medications out there to help subdue complications from hormonal imbalance such as pills and patches, but a subcutaneous hormone pellet implantation procedure offers a more convenient form of hormone replacement therapy. If you’re ready to learn more about how to advise your patients about this method of hormone therapy, read on to find out more about the procedure and its benefits.

How Does the Subcutaneous Hormone Pellet Implantation Procedure Work?

The procedure is relatively simple, only requiring a minor surgical visit under local anesthesia. A subcutaneous surgery means under the skin. Each hormone pellet is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted through a small incision in the lower abdomen or buttocks. The pellets provide a slow release of hormones into the bloodstream and will continue for up to a six-month period. The healing time after the procedure varies, but typically doesn’t take longer than a week. Since the pellet is so small, it’s likely you won’t even notice it.

Potential Side Effects

Just as with all medical procedures, there is a list of possible adverse side effects which you could experience after the treatment. These side effects can range from minor inconveniences such as acne or sweating to increased risks of heart disease and prostate cancer. Patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels will experience the most risk.

Despite these risks, hormone pellets help eliminate problems and side effects from other forms of hormone therapy. Most of the side effects can be reduced by blocking the conversion of certain hormones into different forms.

What Do You Need for the Implantation?

The implantation is a fairly short procedure requiring a few essential materials to have on hand in order to be prepared. Alternatively, you can look for trocar tray kits that will have most of what you need already included.

  • Disposable trocar kit with 3 piece trocar
  • Hormone pellets for implantation
  • Alcohol wipe to swab the top of the local anesthetic
  • 1% lidocaine with epinephrine
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Paper skin tape

Who Should Get the Procedure?

The hormone pellet implantation procedure is meant for anyone experiencing low, imbalanced hormones from either a medical condition or from aging.

Pellets can be made up of estradiol or testosterone. Estradiol is a form of estrogen, the hormone produced by females, and can help with menopausal or post-menopausal symptoms. This can also reduce occurrences of osteoporosis and ovarian failure. However, most females end up needing higher doses of testosterone than estradiol. Testosterone should optimally be 10-20% of the amount optimally found in men, but it tends to begin declining once a woman hits late teenage years. Women whose adrenal glands no longer function properly will especially find hormone therapy procedures useful to combat symptoms of low testosterone. Because the number of androgens is usually cut in half by the time a woman reaches 40, most women only receive testosterone pellets for the procedure.

Of course, testosterone pellets are also used for male patients struggling with hormonal imbalances and can be used to treat someone who is hypogonadal, or someone who regularly experiences low levels of testosterone.

Benefits of the Implantation

Hassle-Free Hormone Balancing

The pellet implantation procedure will automatically correct hormone levels within the body unlike other forms of hormone balancing treatments where you risk over-correcting or under-correcting for instance such as forgetting pills or using too many ointments and/or patches. With the pellet implantation procedure, the right amount of the hormone your body needs will be released at the right times, so you don’t have to think about it.

Reduced Symptoms

Most seek out hormone therapy to alleviate common symptoms of lower hormone production. This method can effectively aid a range of hormone imbalance symptoms including but not limited to:

- Irritability and depression
- Memory loss
- Decreased sex drive
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Loss of muscle mass
- Painful joints
- Hot flashes or sweating
- Disturbed sleep

Every Pellet Procedure Starts with Trocar Supplies

Trocar Supplies is a family-owned business that has set the standard for disposable trocar medical kits. We take great pride in offering affordable prices for the highest quality products. Our trocar kits have been the optimal way to treat hormone deficiencies for over fifteen years. Listening closely to our customers has led to a diverse product range of over 40 types of kits and more on the way. The utilization of our disposable trocar kits are the most efficient method and safest product for hormonal replacement therapy.

We are the only disposable trocar medical kit company that holds the highest manufacturing standard. This uniquely allows us to produce products for FDA approved drugs.

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