Describe your experience with Cardone & Associates.
Bloodwork and ultrasounds for monitoring are done early AM only -- I think it's 6:30-8 am. The affiliated hospital for testing is Winchester. The insurance coordinator is AMAZING.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
My primary contact was with the nursing staff, who were warm and responsive, and I always felt like both they and the doctor when I saw him were paying attention to me as an individual. The only way in which I felt like a number is that they have very well set-up procedures (a plus overall!) and when I was first getting the run-down of those, I felt pretty overwhelmed by all the details, but the nurses were super-patient in answering every question I had during my cycle, even though I'm sure they'd told me half of the answers already and I'd forgotten!
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The thing I most loved was that they were extremely responsive -- they apologized if it took more than a day to get back to EMAIL and were always available by phone. They were very patient-focused and always took the time to answer my questions and to help me solve problems. (One time, for example, I had to figure out how to refill a medication for the next day and they helped me figure out the best way to get it.)
How was your experience with Vito Cardone?
Dr. Cardone is pretty matter-of-fact. He came across as very experienced and he took the time to explain test results to us in detail, which I appreciated. He was also completely non-judgemental about our family plan (my wife and I were TTC with a known donor). I did have a hard time with the hysterosalpingogram, and when I saw him afterwards, he joked about me "surviving." I also never spoke to him at all during or after my cycle of treatment, which seemed a little odd.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vito Cardone?
They're good about talking about all of the logistics, but if there are things you prefer or specific questions you have, it's good to go in prepared with those. Sometimes they need to be reminded if you're new to treatment that you need things explained!
Describe the protocols Vito Cardone used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I have PCOS and don't ovulate, and I hadn't had success with Clomid, so Dr. Cardone used injectable hormones (Gonal-F) plus a trigger (Ovidrel) and then supplemental progesterone (Crinone). They monitor extensively via bloodwork and ultrasound, every few days at first and then more frequently.and my Gonal-F was adjusted after a few days. I had an endogenous LH surge and then took my trigger, and I ovulated on day 17. I used timed intercourse on days 16 and 17, a positive pregnancy test two weeks later, and a confirmed twin pregnancy by ultrasound at 6 weeks. I lost one twin to miscarriage at 11 weeks and had a healthy singleton birth.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vito Cardone.
My insurance covered basically everything because I had diagnosed infertility and had been TTC for a year with our donor. We paid out of pocket for the donor's tests, which were a few hundred dollars, and we also were required to do social worker visits because we used a known donor, which were another few hundred dollars.