With Dr. Hansen, most times during the treatment process, he truly made us feel like a human...ease our anxiety. He genuinely cared for what you had to say and would tailor our treatments how he could to both please us and to have the best outcomes possible....always open to trying different tests or options but we would always first discuss the pros and cons.
Sanford is always timely in getting back to me whether it be about my cycle, a bill, or any lab results. They are effective in their communication skills and they are very trustworthy. Stacy, the receptionist, always recognizes me and my husband immediately and it is so refreshing to have her be the first one to greet me. The weaknesses would probably just include the fact that our community is smaller so they have less resources for some of the testing which can get in the way at times.
How was your experience with Keith Hansen at Sanford Reproductive Medicine?
From the start of meeting Dr. Hansen, we had a lot of trust with him. He has a way of entering the room and helping to ease any anxiety you may have. Our treatment course included 4 IUIs, 1 FET with unfortunately no success yet. Even though we haven't had the outcome that we of course are looking for, we have trust in Dr. Hansen that we will meet that outcome. Dr. Hansen's strengths include his ease with communication, his experience with so many different types of patients, his sense of humor to help calm the room, and his all around trustworthiness. In regards to his weaknesses, we can honestly say we have not seen any weaknesses from him thus far which is always comforting.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Keith Hansen at Sanford Reproductive Medicine?
Do your own research. There were of course times that I would bring up other tests or treatment options that I had researched online and that had not been presented to me in our clinic. Dr. Hansen was always open to trying different tests or options but we would always first discuss the pros and cons.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Keith Hansen at Sanford Reproductive Medicine?
With Dr. Hansen, most times during the treatment process, he truly made us feel like a human. He would walk into the room with a big smile and he of course always had jokes to tell us to help ease our anxiety. He genuinely cared for what you had to say and would tailor our treatments how he could to both please us and to have the best outcomes possible.
Describe the protocols Keith Hansen used in your cycles at Sanford Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
With our 4 IUIs, each time we increased my medication protocol to increase our chances. There was one month that we were on track to having an IUI done but we had too many follicles that matured and Dr. Hansen didn't feel comfortable with the high risk of multiples that could occur. Our clinic advised us to not pursue the IUI for that month and to also not try naturally to conceive. We did perform our trigger shot so that we would not have numerous cysts form from the follicles not releasing the eggs. Despite Dr. Hansen's advice to not progress further, we ended up doing our trigger shot and tried naturally for the month. We did end up getting pregnant (most likely with multiples based on how high my HCG was) but it resulted in a chemical pregnancy. It was a hard loss so I can definitely see why we were advised not to try on our own.
Months later we had an egg retrieval done with Dr. Hansen. We ended up getting excellent results with the medication protocol we were put on and it resulted in 18 embryos frozen. The goal at the beginning was to have a fresh transfer done but with my PCOS diagnosis, we ended up having way more follicles than anticipated. With the risk of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome, we were advised to just end the egg retrieval in a freeze all. We then transferred one embryo a couple months later which unfortunately ended in a miscarriage.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Sanford Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Amy, RN- for IVF purposes)
Amy, RN is the one we have primarily been in communication with when it comes to our IVF cycles. She is one of the most compassionate nurses I have ever met. She truly cares for our journey and has never treated us like a number. Amy is always willing to discuss anything and never rushes me when I have a million questions to ask her. Amy was on the phone with me when she told us we were going to miscarry with our IVF transfer. I began to cry but immediately also wanted to know next steps. She was so compassionate about our loss and took the time to acknowledge what we had lost but was also very open to discussing what next steps were.
Describe your experience with Sanford Reproductive Medicine.
The strengths of Sanford's fertility clinic are numerous. They are heavily relied on due to there not being another option to fall back on unless you are willing to travel out of state. Sanford is always timely in getting back to me whether it be about my cycle, a bill, or any lab results. They are effective in their communication skills and they are very trustworthy. Stacy, the receptionist, always recognizes me and my husband immediately and it is so refreshing to have her be the first one to greet me.
The weaknesses would probably just include the fact that our community is smaller so they have less resources for some of the testing which can get in the way at times.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Sanford Reproductive Medicine.
For ultrasound monitoring appointments, Sanford was efficient but they didn't make it feel like they were rushing you on your way. They always took their time to be thorough and they are very well versed in their duties.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Keith Hansen at Sanford Reproductive Medicine.
IUI treatment cycles cost roughly $3100 (with medications)
IVF retrieval and fresh transfer cost roughly $20,000 (with medications)
IVF frozen transfer cost roughly $4,500-7,000 (7,000 if you had to redo additionally testing such as SIS or TET)
Describe Keith Hansen's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Sanford Reproductive Medicine.
For our first embryo transfer we had a very lengthy discussion about this with Dr. Hansen. Based on my age and the fact that we had conceived naturally one time, we made a joint decision to only transfer one day 5 4AA embryo. We do not regret that decision even though it resulted in a miscarriage. Next transfer, we have decided we want to attempt transferring two embryos simply to increase our chances. Dr. Hansen was very supportive for both cases.