The journey to wellness starts with understanding the roadmap. What is the process Ashland Integrative Medicine uses to help patients? Learn more below and then contact Ashland Integrative Medicine, a certified BioTE Medical provider, at (606) 393-6193 to get started.
What should I do before I schedule an appointment?
No fasting is required in advance to the procedure.
What should I do before the procedure?
One week before the procedure, if possible, stop all NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen sodium, etc.). No fasting in advance of the procedure is required.
What test is required before the insertion?
BioTE requires, at the minimum, our comprehensive blood panel which can be discussed with Ashland Integrative Medicine, your BioTE provider.
What happens during the in-office insertion?
During the in-office visit, which only takes a few minutes, patients are brought into the exam room, and the insertion site is numbed. The most common site of insertion is the upper buttocks. A small incision is then made for the pellet to be inserted. Once the pellet is inserted, the insertion site is covered with a small bandage.
What happens during the week following the insertion?
After pellet insertion, its best to eliminate lower body exercise. This doesn’t include walking, but, extraneous exercise is not recommended. Swimming, hot tubs, and bath tubs are to be avoided, this doesn’t include showers. After removal of the bandage, normal activities may resume.
How often is pellet insertion necessary?
Each patient’s symptoms are unique and each patient’s paths to optimization is unique. Your journey will be specialized to fit your specific needs. Just as it doesn’t take you 1-2 weeks to get out of balance, it doesn't resolve that quickly either.
What happens to pellets after insertion?
Since the pellets are bio-identical and contain nothing other than the hormone your body naturally produces, the pellets are completely dissolved and absorbed, leaving nothing behind.