What To Expect From SottoPelle Testosterone Replacement Therapy
During your initial consultation, you will meet our providers and we’ll determine if you are a good candidate for SottoPelle testosterone replacement therapy. If you are, you will receive lab orders to check your hormone levels. In this blog we will answer some common questions about what to expect before and after your testosterone pellets procedure.
What To Expect On The Day Of Your Procedure
Because the insertion procedure is very straightforward, there is little preparation required of the patient. You don’t need to wear certain clothes, bring anything with you to the appointment, or arrange for a ride home. Testosterone pellet insertions are performed here in our Austin office and the entire process usually takes less than 20 minutes.
What everyone wants to know is, “do testosterone pellets hurt?” Everyone has a different tolerance for pain, but the vast majority of our patients find the procedure painless. This is because we provide a local anesthetic at the site of the insertion before making a very small incision (the pellets are the size of grains of rice). Because the pellets absorb best in fatty tissue, they are inserted into the buttocks/hip area. Once inserted, we will place a dressing over the incision and provide compression for a few minutes. You will be sent home with an ice pack and we ask that you leave the dressing on for three days.
What To Expect In The Days After Your Procedure
The area where the pellets were inserted may show signs of bruising and be tender for a few days. Physical activity is fine as long as it does not cause irritation, with the exception of avoiding exercise that will cause you to excessively sweat for the first three days. Also you will want to avoid swimming, baths, etc. for three days as well. After a week the wound should be fully healed and it is safe for patients to resume all normal activities.
Your body will go through a period of adapting to the new hormone levels before the positive effects of the treatment begin. Some patients may experience temporary weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, or other symptoms for a short period of time after the procedure. If negative symptoms don’t subside or get worse, we can remove the pellets and adjust the dosage to find what works best for you.
If you are interested learning more about testosterone replacement pellets, contact us today and schedule a free consultation.
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