Lab Work prior to BHRT Pellet Insertion
Before a pellet can be inserted, the patient will need a lab work to evaluate his/her hormone levels. The right lab work helps ensure accurate results, just the way it’s needed.
Details of the Lab Work
The primary hormones whose levels are evaluated in this test are Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. The results of the test can be received in 1-2 business days for men, and 3-5 days for women.
There is no specific requirement like fasting for the test. It is advised that you drink plenty of water so that the body is hydrated and veins can pop out easily and be accessible for a blood draw.
Helpful Consultation for your Lab Work
Some of you may want to consult a doctor before you get started with your lab work. If that be the case, we are happy to schedule a consultation so that you can discuss in detail about your medical history and your symptoms. The doctor will also be able to explain to you how we will go about the process, what are the benefits you can expect from the therapy and any other questions you might have.
How to take the Lab Test?
If you want, you may also choose to get started with your lab work directly. You can do so by visiting the below links:
Female BHRT: Testosterone, FSH, Estradiol, Thyroid Panel, Progesterone:
Male BHRT: Testosterone, Estradiol, PSA
Convenient Methods of Payment
As mentioned in the links, the tests will cost you $ 99. If you are paying for the tests out of your pocket, you can choose to pay HealthOne Labs in cash.
On the other hand, if your insurance is paying for it, we can also provide you a lab requisition form, indicating the specifics of the tests required for you to submit your insurance claim.
As a matter of fact, the online registration method costs you even less than what your insurance pays and the labs are available at several locations across the Salt Lake City valley for you to pick a convenient location.
Schedule an Appointment for your Pellet Therapy
After receiving your test result, you will need to schedule an appointment with the doctor to get the pellets inserted. The pellet insertion is a short outpatient procedure and is just like getting a shot. A lot of people ask us if it is going to hurt; well, everyone has a different threshold of pain and again, it’s just like getting a shot.
How is the Procedure Conducted?
The pellets will be inserted into the subcutaneous area of the buttock where it must be encapsulated. The area is sterilized using rubbing alcohol and numbed with a local anesthetic buffered with bicarbonate. The buffer reduces the sting from getting the shot.
A very minute incision is made on the skin, and the pellet is slid under it and into the subcutaneous tissue. The area is then closed using a steri-strip, ice is applied, and the incision is dressed.
Icing of the area is recommended for the 12 hours following the pellet insertion to neutralize any swelling. For the pellet to properly encapsulate and not get ejected, it is also prescribed that certain activities be avoided.