Men and women alike experience a lower production of vital hormones as they age. This can lead to a number of conditions, including osteoporosis, sleep difficulty, and a lack of energy. Hormone replacement therapy could be the answer for patients in The Woodlands and Houston-area, who can obtain the results they desire by visiting board certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent in Cypress, Houston, TX.
What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy involves the use of pellet-sized bio-identical hormones to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause in women and andropause in men. Tiny implants containing these pellets are placed underneath the skin, where they consistently release small amounts of either estrogen or testosterone. It is considered a safe and effective method of increasing normal hormone levels without the side effects noticed from synthetic hormones.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement
- Improves mental clarity and focus
- Enhances the mood and helps alleviate depression
- Helps increase energy levels
- Strengthens the bones
- Requires fewer doctor visits
- Provides long-lasting results
How Is Hormone Replacement Performed?
You will first be given a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. Dr. St. Laurent will then make a tiny incision in your skin so the pellets can be placed. Tiny pellets approximately the size of a grain of rice are inserted underneath the skin, which is then bandaged shut. Although they may be placed anywhere in the body, they are most commonly inserted into the lateral buttocks. They are then left in place and will dissolve completely on their own within three to six months, at which time new pellets can be re-inserted. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes.
Preparing for Hormone Replacement
Prior to inserting hormones, Dr. St. Laurent will perform a simple blood test to determine your levels of estrogen or testosterone so the right pellets can be chosen for you. Women may need to have these levels checked a week or so in advance, while men can normally have theirs checked early the same morning as insertion.
Hormone Replacement Recovery
No recovery is needed after hormone replacement. You will be free to resume your normal activities immediately afterward.
How Much Does Hormone Replacement Cost?
The cost will depend on the exact formula Dr. St. Laurent recommends for you. There will also be a subsequent charge for each re-insertion. Check with your insurance to see if you are covered. Otherwise, we accept cash, check and credit card, as well as financing through CareCredit® and American Healthcare Lending®.
Is Hormone Replacement Right for Me?
Hormone replacement could be a good idea if you are a woman who has symptoms of menopause or peri-menopause such as the following:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Brain fog
- Decreased sex drive
It may also be recommended for men suffering from andropause symptoms such as the following:
- Weight gain
- Night sweats
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low sex drive
Why Choose Dr. St. Laurent?
Dr. St. Laurent is more than just a bariatric surgeon; he is also committed to total patient care. He specializes in treating a number of obesity-related disorders, many of which also result in symptoms similar to those noticed during andropause or menopause. He’s also concerned with patient dignity and will always remain tactful and considerate when discussing delicate issues such as hormonal imbalances.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Dr. St. Laurent will discuss the various hormones your body produces to help you better understand the symptoms you are feeling. He’ll also ask you to complete a full medical history and list any medications you are taking to ensure you are a good match for this therapy.
Growing older doesn’t mean you are doomed to experience certain symptoms. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can restore your youthful vigor and is available at Dr. Matthew St. Laurent’s Cypress medical clinic. If you live in The Woodlands or Houston area, contact us at 281-810-7895 to find out more.