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A Short Guide to Subcutaneous Hormone Pellet Therapy

Subcutaneous delivery of hormones for Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is neither new nor novel. On the contrary, this BHRT method has been available for decades and is the most predictable and long-lasting option for this type of treatment.

The pellets used for subcutaneous BHRT are approximately the size of a grain of rice and contain concentrated dosages of hormones. Over several months, the hormones in these pellets are slowly released, helping to ensure continuous benefit for women and men struggling with the symptoms of menopause and andropause, along with several conditions that can impact both sexes.

During pellet placement, a small incision is made near the hip, allowing an insertion tool to deliver the pellets below the skin. Pellets should be delivered deep enough to be invisible, but not deeper than subcutaneous tissue. Following insertion, the incision is closed with steri-strips, and the procedure is complete.

Pellets begin to dissolve quickly, but it may take two to three weeks before symptoms start to improve. After this point, symptoms should continue to improve as the pellets gradually release their active ingredients.

Improving Comfort and Outcomes

Pellet delivery of BHRT helps to improve patient outcomes by offering a more reliable source of hormones – and it is very safe. However, some risks, including infection at the insertion site, bruising, swelling, and the rare instance of pellet bunching can result in discomfort. Fortunately, modern advancements in pellet delivery help to make these issues much less common.

At Pellecome®, we are dedicated to improving the lives of both patients and providers through innovative technologies. The Re3®, our advanced pellet delivery system, has been specifically designed with this goal in mind.

The Re3‘s precision scalpel helps to ensure incisions have the correct width and depth for ideal pellet placement. Its ergonomically designed insertion tool is comfortable and easy to use, and the needle guide helps to ensure accurate pellet delivery into subcutaneous tissue. These things combine to improve the patient experience and produce better clinical outcomes.

Our advanced pellet delivery system includes an easy-to-load funnel that works to ensure uniform loading into the insertion tool. This helps to prevent pellet bunching. In addition, the device inserts pellets in a linear retrograde fashion, further discouraging overlap or bunching, and significantly improving the patient experience.

Pellecome is Different

Old fashioned pellet delivery systems on the market today come with reusable equipment. However, this equipment must be cleaned and autoclaved after each use to reduce the risks of infection.

At Pellecome, our revolutionary, single-use pellet delivery system comes in a sterile tray with a Tyvek® peel-back lid. This is more convenient and safer than using the same instruments on multiple patients.

BHRT can offer several benefits to your patients, but not all delivery methods are equally safe and effective. If you have considered bringing pellet therapy to your practice or would like information on upgrading your current system, please use our provider contact form or call us at 888-773-9969 to speak with someone today.

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