How was your experience with Seth Derman at Princeton IVF?
My husband and I did not have a positive experience with Dr. Derman. We ultimately had to pursue IVF, so we could test our embryos for a genetic disorder. The stimulation protocol used by Dr. Derman was extremely long –
about four weeks – and we later learned that it is an older protocol that is generally only used in specific circumstances, when the newer, shorter protocols are inappropriate. One downside to the older process is the possibility of overstimulation, which resulted in a week of extreme discomfort following egg retrieval.
Our first FET was successful, but ultimately resulted in a miscarriage. Dr. Derman was extremely perfunctory in his interactions with us following the miscarriage.
This turned out to be a missed miscarriage necessitating a D and C, which Dr. Derman performed. Significant discomfort and nausea persisted for several days after the procedure, at which point we decided to switch doctors.
During the routine tests with our new doctors, we learned that the D&C was unsuccessful, and a second would be required. Dr. Derman had neglected to take the customary step of confirming via bloodwork that the D&C had been successful. I experienced significant complications during the second D&C in the form of a severe hemorrhage, which necessitated a much longer recovery and additional subsequent testing than would otherwise have been the case.
Overall, we are extremely unhappy with our experiences with Dr. Derman. He uses older protocols rather than the most up-to- date techniques, neglects to follow up to ensure that procedures are successful, and lacks any compassion in the event of a miscarriage. We strongly recommend anyone considering his practice to go elsewhere.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Seth Derman at Princeton IVF?
We strongly recommend anyone considering his practice to go elsewhere.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Seth Derman at Princeton IVF?
After a miscarriage, Dr. Derman was extremely perfunctory in his interactions with us.
Describe the protocols Seth Derman used in your cycles at Princeton IVF and their degree of success.
Both my husband and I are carriers for a genetic disease, so we were told we should use IVF with ICSI. The stimulation protocol Dr. Derman uses, we later learned, is somewhat outdated and now more commonly used only under specific circumstances.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff were not competent phlebotomists, and were completely unable to give a straight answer to basic questions about treatments and timelines.
Describe your experience with Princeton IVF.
We were very unhappy with our experience, and recommend that any prospective patients look elsewhere for treatment.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Princeton IVF.
Bloodwork began at 6am, but ultrasounds did not begin until 7am. Both were first-come, first-serve, which meant arriving before 6am, and then waiting for over an hour to be seen after blood was taken.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Seth Derman at Princeton IVF.
We had to pay office copays and embryo cryo and storage fees.
Describe Seth Derman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Princeton IVF.
Dr. Derman was indifferent to single vs. multiple embryo transfer.
What specific things went wrong at Princeton IVF?
- Lost paperwork
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Failed to send your chart to another clinic
- Lost results
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Princeton IVF.
This clinic was unable to send specific required records to our new doctors after we switched.
They also were unable to correctly interpret the results of genetic testing, leading them to miscount the number of healthy embryos we had available to transfer. (We caught the mistake ourselves.)
Most importantly, after a missed miscarriage and D&C, they failed to order a beta test to confirm that the procedure was successful, necessitating a second D&C months later after we switched doctors, which resulted in significant complications, additional physical and emotional distress, and months of delay in our treatment.