Describe your experience with Rocky Mountain Center for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Bachus' office is humble in appearance, and I loved this about it -- I LOVE going to a clinic where it's clear that my money isn't going towards fancy decorations. The priority is on the treatment. It is a small office, and there is only one doctor. I saw him at every visit and he does all monitoring ultrasounds himself, which was great. It takes a LONG time to get a first appointment (4 months with a cancellation, otherwise it would have been 6), and there are long wait times (2-3 months) to get scheduled for an IVF cycle, and this is one drawback of it being a small clinic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kevin Bachus at Rocky Mountain Center for Reproductive Medicine?
Everyone in the office knew who I was very quickly, and the NPs are *excellent* at keeping track of all the details of your case and making sure to review those with Dr. Bachus before each visit. I saw Dr. Bachus at each visit, which I loved. Finally, the office is really excellent at dealing with insurance issues, and I appreciated so much that they at least tried to get my insurance to pay for things. They realize the financial hardship that infertility treatment places on patients.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Rocky Mountain Center for Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Melissa)
Melissa was wonderful and so helpful and knowledgeable.
How was your experience with Kevin Bachus at Rocky Mountain Center for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bachus is kind, and very skilled at what he does. I have a rare uterine anomaly, and he was able to spot on ultrasound something that several other doctors had missed. I cannot over-emphasize how skilled his is at ultrasound. I also *so* much appreciated his interest in my cycles, and the fact that he wanted to follow my cycles prior to jumping into treatment. Dr. Bachus *will not* push you towards IVF -- and I really appreciated this after being at a clinic that did IVF as default and pushed me towards it immediately. Dr. Bachus is also *very* skilled at laparoscopic surgery. He performed a very non-standard surgery on my uterus and did an excellent job. I trust him 100%. I decided that I would go with IVF in the end, and the only reason I left the clinic was because the prices were too high without any insurance. I was very sad to leave.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kevin Bachus at Rocky Mountain Center for Reproductive Medicine?
My first impression of him was that he was very set in his ways, but I learned eventually that he is quite open-minded if you present him with scientific studies to back up the ideas that you have. Also, do not expect him to push towards aggressive treatment. He is much more conservative than other doctors I've seen and consulted with -- would have been happy to treat me just with IUIs. This is great, except that I felt I don't have the time for that given my age and ovarian reserve.
Describe the protocols Kevin Bachus used in your cycles at Rocky Mountain Center for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
Dr. Bachus did luteal phase monitoring for two cycles -- he monitored ovulation with ultrasound and measured estradiol before, at ovulation, and 7 days post ovulation along with progesterone. He was concerned that I had a luteal phase defect that was hindering me from getting pregnant, because of spotting in the luteal phase. His treatment for this would have been clomid, to boost estrogen in the follicular phase, and boost progesterone in the luteal phase. Dr. Bachus also found a uterine issue that he felt needed to be surgically addressed. Although I was worried about this surgery, it went very very well and Dr. Bachus did an excellent job, and I am happy that I decided to do it. Dr. Bachus is a very skilled surgeon and I think also really enjoys laparoscopic surgery. He found and ablated some endometriosis during the surgery.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kevin Bachus at Rocky Mountain Center for Reproductive Medicine.
IVF cycles without meds are $16,500. I didn't learn this until I was trying to schedule my first cycle, and in the end left the clinic because I realized that paying this out of pocket didn't make sense when I could travel to other clinics with more competitive rates. I was very sad. I think that IUIs would have been about $2k per cycle. Monitoring ultrasounds were about $250 each. All of my consults were billed to insurance as part of diagnosis -- there is no cash consult fee like there is at many clinics. The office is great at working with insurance (if your'e lucky enough to have it to cover what they do).
Describe Kevin Bachus's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Rocky Mountain Center for Reproductive Medicine.
I have an abnormally small uterus which would make multiples dangerous. Dr. Bachus fully understood this and would ever only have transferred one embryo.