Fox Valley Plastic Surgery only gives hormones to patients who are truly deficient in hormones. Call our office at (920) 233-1540 for an initial consultation with Kate Myers, PA-C.
At the initial visit, a patient fills out a complete medical history and a symptoms questionnaire. There will be a discussion of the patient’s symptoms and a blood draw to evaluate hormone levels. When the blood results come back (generally three to five business days later), our office will call the patients to discuss the results. Once a patient decide to proceed with pellet hormone replacement therapy, FVPS will order the recommended dose, which is shipped to the practice. All patients must sign a Prescription Shipping Authorization to authorize the pharmacy to send the pellets to the practice. It takes two weeks for the pellets to arrive. When the pellets arrive, patients then return for an implantation appointment.
After the implantation, patients can immediately resume normal activities, except for swimming and strenuous exercise, which require a three-day wait. Patients can expect to feel some improvements within the first two weeks.
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Four to six weeks after the first insertion, patients will come to our office to discuss symptom relief and for another blood test. At that time, the patient and the practice will decide whether any adjustment needs to be done to the future dosage based on the blood test and symptoms. Typically, men require an insertion every 5-6 months, and women require an insertion every 3-4 months. Patients can stop BHRT treatment at any time, which will cause hormone levels to drift back to pre-treatment levels.
“Everyone from reception, nursing, and the PA-Kate are amazing. They really make one feel comfortable with oneself, and assist in patients making informed decisions about their treatment plan.” Patient 33413, age 34.
“I started on BRHT one year ago. At the time, I did not think BHRT was something I needed at my age, but surprisingly I found out I was running on empty with my testosterone, and my estrogen levels were low for a woman my age. After my first treatment I noticed a gradual increase in energy, libido, mood and an overall strength to my well being. One of the most remarkable things that has happened was my restless leg syndrome has been ‘cured’ during the time I have had the testosterone. I can tell when my levels are getting low, because those darn restless legs visit me again.” Patient 25816, age 43.
“Kate and the staff are all wonderful! Everyone is so kind and genuine. Kate is extremely professional and I feel like I’m in competent hands.” Patient 33472, age 54.
Read about Annie’s experience with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in our Lifestyle Therapies Center and other real patient stories in Real Patient Stories. As a young woman, Annie was facing hormonal issues which negatively impacted her life and marriage. As a last resort, Annie tried BHRT, which changed her life. Find out why her husband was even more excited than Annie in telling her story. He got back the woman he married, and we couldn’t be happier for them.
Evaluation and treatment of hormones is a time consuming process. In order to keep costs reasonable, Fox Valley Plastic Surgery requires patients to pay the full amount of their treatment at each visit. Upon request, FVPS will give patients an insurance form with the proper codes for the patients to submit to their insurance company or HSA plan for the BHRT insertion and the pellets. Any reimbursements go directly to the patients. FVPS will submit to insurance the cost of the blood tests. Blood test reimbursements go to the lab. Any remaining balance is the responsibility of the patient.
An initial consult fee of $80 is required for inquiry into BHRT. If a patient wishes to proceed with BHRT, the $80 initial consultion fee can be applied towards the $130 BHRT complete consultation fee. If a patient chooses to use insurance, FVPS will bill the insurance company for the labs and office visit; however, if insurance denies the claim, the patient is responsible for the charges. Patients can expect to pay $1500-$2100 for one year of BHRT treatment.
Women are injected with estrogen and a female quantity of testosterone. Women may come in three to four times a year for the pellet injections. Because everyone’s needs are different, it is difficult to predict how long the pellets will last. If the body needs more hormones, it will be used more quickly by the body.
Men are injected with testosterone. Testosterone pellets for men are larger than the pellets for women, and last longer. Males typically come in two to three times a year for the pellet injections.