Describe your experience with Fertility Center and Applied Genetics of Florida.
Very professional setting and ideal location in Sarasota, FL. Christina was the initial office manager when we started our treatments, but had resigned during our time at the clinic. She was just wonderful and the one who initially coordinated our course in our so called quest. The waiting area is very clean as well as the examination/treatment rooms. The atmosphere is quiet but not too quiet and ideal for nervous couples during their first encounter. The staff is dressed professionally and always remained calm.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
From our initial visit in January 2014, the friendly staff always remembered our names and made us feel comfortable during every visit. Dr. Pabon was always cheerful often wearing a bow tie as he greeted us. During each and every visit, he spent ample time explaining the treatment plans along with potential side effects.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Besides Dr. Pabon, Ramona is the other main factor why we continued our treatments at this particular clinic. For over 2 years, she became part of our family as she showed us the needed compassion that our friends and family could not exhibit because they have never and will never understand our struggles of infertility. Ramona always knew the right words to say to us especially after the miscarriages, most notably the fetus at 8 weeks. She even cried with us as we carefully watched the ultrasound to find the heartbeat that no longer echoed on the screen. She had been present during every egg retrieval and during every embryo transfer. She often conveyed our medication instructions in detail and is the only nurse at this clinic to obtain blood during the first venipuncture attempt on visits when blood testing was necessary. Of course, she was present when we momentarily thought that we had another miscarriage, and she was so elated when she saw the beating heart.
How was your experience with Julio Pabon?
During our initial consultation visit, he reviewed our previous records of what procedures and treatment plans had been attempted and essentially formulated a plan without repeating diagnostic testing that was already performed thereby eliminating any unnecessary procedures, testing, costs, and basically time. He recommended that we attempt IVF with frozen specimens due to higher success rates. Overall, he did not "beat around the bush" and knew that we had been trying to conceive for over 5 years and wanted us to get the best results possible.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Julio Pabon?
This type of issue requires the utmost patience and trust because although every aspect is calculated and measured, success does not always occur during the first attempt although it has happened for some couples.
Describe the protocols Julio Pabon used in your cycles and their degree of success.
The protocols for each of the three egg retrievals was very similar in regard to the dosing of progesterone and of Lupron, however, the dosing of Follistim changed during each subsequent round of egg retrieval. The dosing of estrogen was similar during the first two rounds of treatment, but changed considerably (forgot if dose was increased for decreased) during the third egg retrieval. The dosing of medications after the three embryo transfers remained fairly consistent.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Julio Pabon.
Egg retrievals were grouped under a standard cost that included the anesthesia staff, ultrasound, medications, monitoring, and other items. Transfer of frozen embryos also had a standard payment including one serum pregnancy test. Medications ordered from out of state pharmacy varied somewhat in costs due to changes in doses and at times medications.