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Hormone Pellet Therapy: An Interview with Dr. Steven King

 

Dr Steven King DO

Dr. King is a family medicine practitioner who has been with Crossway since August 2015. For the past decade he has been treating patients for hormone deficiencies, and for the last three years he has been utilizing a new hormone pellet therapy. We recently sat down to ask him about this treatment.

What are the symptoms of hormone deficiency?
Symptoms differ slightly between men and women. In men they tend to present more subtly. A man may experience lack of energy, trouble sleeping, increased belly fat, less muscle mass, lower sex drive, or anxiety.

Women may experience a lack of sleep, hot flashes, thin or dry skin, heart palpitations, or bone loss.

We’ve seen this in men and women as young as their late 20s.

How important is it to address a deficiency?
It’s something to really explore with a doctor as soon as possible, because if not caught and dealt with, it can be a precursor to a host of issues like high blood pressure and diabetes down the road. Low energy leads to less activity, and these have a domino effect on our health, especially as we get into middle age.

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What is hormone therapy?
Simply put, hormone therapy is a process by which we replace hormones in patients who have deficiencies of either testosterone, or estrogen, or both.

How is hormone deficiency diagnosed?
The symptoms I mentioned are the first flag, and if those line up and we don’t have any other obvious reasons for the symptoms, we will do blood work to determine if that is the case.

How did you first become interested in treating hormone deficiencies?
About ten years ago, I was dealing with some patients who had these nagging issues, and so we began testing for hormone levels and quickly discovered some deficiencies present. At the time the most common form of therapy was topical based—meaning creams, ointments, patches, etc. We tried several of these treatments, and while they were sometimes effective, I wasn’t satisfied with the results. Some patients worried about transferring the ointment onto someone else; others reported little improvement. So after encountering and then thoroughly researching the hormone pellet implantation process, I began treating patients and examining the results.

The results have been vastly better and more consistent. At this point about 97% of my patients who have tried the therapy experience improvement in their symptoms and choose to continue the therapy.

How is the procedure done?
It’s a very simple procedure (so much so that I hesitate to even call it a “procedure”). We do it right here in my office, and it takes approximately five minutes. We do a local numbing in the hip area, and then make a small incision and push the pellets into the subcutaneous fatty tissue there. Once that’s done, we place some Steri-Strips on top—no sutures are required—and ask that the patient take it easy for a few days.

How often are procedures done?
For men we do the procedure twice a year. For women we do it three times a year.

What are the pellets?
They are natural, plant-based supplements designed to replicate the hormones your body produces. The technical term is “bio-identical,” and they perform much better than the synthetic hormones that other providers sometimes use.

Hormone therapy seems to be gaining popularity, and there are clinics popping up that advertise specifically for this type of treatment. Are you glad to see it getting more attention?
Yes, though it is a bit of a mixed bag. I think it’s great that it’s becoming more widely known and understood among the public. However, I do worry that patients who go directly to a hormone-therapy-specific clinic may get a narrow perspective on their situation.

If someone is considering this treatment or thinks they may be a candidate, I would highly encourage them to talk with their primary care physician about it before pursuing a treatment. While the symptoms I mentioned may be hormone related, they can also be related to underlying issues.