Describe your experience with Fertility & Genetics.
This clinic is kept clean and tidy. The embryology lab also looks clean and tidy and you can have access to speak to the embryologist. Everything does look old and outdated and at one point there was a power outage. The only strength is that they have a OR on first floor so ER was smooth and easy. Weakness is everything all equipment old and falling apart.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Once I purchased the package it was extremely difficult to get any help from my clinic nurse. I called several times and they never pick up the phone or listen to voicemail. I had to drive 30 minutes to get to any help. Also, after ER I got no follow up call or information of what was the next step as far as medications and when we are doing ET or not. Finally, the schedule me for appointment and if I didn't physically drive there to speak to the clinic secretary I would've missed my appointments. They are so busy that they couldn't keep up with my cycle and it turned led to them ignoring how I was responding to the medications. I was in so much pain because of my endometriosis and begged the doctor to help me because I had just gotten out of the Emergency Room and the endometriosis pain was bad. He simply said take a Motrin (which isn't good for fresh transfer) I won't give you anything else because I can't risk you becoming addicted. If this RE knew about endometriosis he would never said something like that suggesting I am a drug seeker when I am not.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I had to work and as a ER nurse I needed my boss needed my work dates. I kept begging the nurse to give me dates and never did. I had to work all weekend and most mid shift so I would have my morning open because of this. Then I got my medication last minute because she told me to wait to order. Which then resulted in me leaving work early to run around to get these medications. I got the calendar the day before I had to start. The only good thing is this nurse can draw blood. She scheduled me appointment without telling me and mainly I can never reach her. When I went to the Emergency we had to call her so we can get ahold of the doctor so that way my treating Emergency doctor can help me out well they never called back. I would try to speak with her and get some communication with her and sometimes she was looking at her phone.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Lost paperwork
- Lost appointments
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
- Provided conflicting information
- Scheduled the wrong procedure
How was your experience with Mick Abae?
Dr Abae at first is very nice approachable and great bedside manners. I showed him my surgery pictures and explained that I have worse endometriosis and many doctors don't know how to handle it. I asked for his honest response if he has worked with a patient of my situation and does he know what he wants to do. Dr Abae mentioned he wanted to me to go for multiple package because I may have some frosties left and I can use those in case fresh doesn't work. He also mentioned he knows how to work with endometriosis and he feels he can get me pregnant. So because he was so nice and what seemed knowledgeable I went forward with him. After the first ultrasound I mentioned that we may need to do FET and bypass a fresh because the flare up with endometriosis was getting bad. He mentioned that we will cross that bridge when we get there. So next visit I did some research and said Dr Abae I'm in a lot of pain please why don't we consider doing a FET and than also doing some intralipids. I have heard it's great for endometriosis and seen many success stories. He blatantly said I don't do experimental stuff and if you want that you can go to another clinic and as for frozen I don't think your eggs are going to be strong enough for frozen. My thought is if they aren't strong to withstand freeze with my endometriosis being so bad they won't stand a chance in fresh either. He also suggested I was a pill popper when I asked for Percocet because I couldn't take Motrin if I am doing a fresh due to the uterine lining can be affected. He told me take Motrin we are doing FET so I was so happy to hear. ER came and went and I felt so much better because I had 18 follicles pressing on my endometriosis. Then the doctor told me last minute that we are doing fresh and to be at the clinic the next at 1 pm. I had no clue since he last said it would be a FET so me and DH called out of work for this. We did ET and then I got AF 2 days before my beta. I went to the office and Dr Abae didn't even speak with me that day. I was devastated and crying but he was in his office and told his secretary and nurse to take a blood beta and schedule me to follow up the next morning. So blood beta was negative as I already knew. Me and DH went to this what the heck follow up appointment. I was explaining to him that he had no clue about my endometriosis and that he assumed I would have something to freeze and I had nothing left over. Dr Abae mention that we should wait a month and do another IVF cycle but that meant more money. So I said why should we continue are you going to do intralipids or go straight to FET like I mentioned? He told me he would not do intralipids because he doesn't believe in it. And we may do FET (he was still uncertain). I kept saying something isn't right yes IVF can be painful but I went to the emergency room multiple times and I think we need to do something about it. Dr Abae said some women go through the same pain so that's normal. Well in the end I went to endometriosis specialist and I have huge endometrioma cyst size of lemon on my ovary. Something that my RE missed not to mention my endometriosis specialist said I had no chance because my uterus also had fibroids and adhesions. Point being Dr Abae only saw a waking dollar sign and took $13000 and now I have to wait a whole year before doing IVF again.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mick Abae?
If you have endometriosis don't go to him he only knows how to get older women with unexplained infertility pregnant.
Describe the protocols Mick Abae used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Gonal f 250, menopur (2 vials), z pal for 10 days, letrazole 2.5 for 5 days, I used 2 cetrotide for day 9 and 10 of stimulation and pulled the pregnyl trigger on day 11. Dr Abae stated he was very aggressive with my stimulation because he didn't know whether I can produce eggs.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mick Abae.
13,000 for multi package which includes 1 fresh and 2 frozen. If I needed another fresh it's $5000 more. And then 2,500 for medications. Other cost were copayment of $150 or something like that.