How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman is the best doctor I have ever had. He got to know us very well, knew our case by heart and was very focused and invested. Our case was a bit of a mystery, but he never gave up and figured it out. He was very encouraging throughout the entire journey, even through the downs he was sure we will end up with healthy pregnancy. He is direct and says things as they are, which is also my style so it was greatly appreciated. He was very compassionate when we had a loss, but was also encouraging and helped us move forward quickly, discussing with us plan of attack on a Sunday night at his personal time. Dr. Reichman is pretty quick responder through email. In downtown, Dr. Reichman did my ultrasounds every time, he is almost never absent.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Follow Dr. Reichman’s advice even if you don’t like it (I was irritated when I had to stop exercising), and fully trust him - he will figure it out!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman and his entire medical team made me feel very comfortable and were accommodating. I never felt like a number. In fact, I really enjoyed going to the downtown location, and contrary to what I thought IVF would be, I felt at ease and not scared.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Due to my diminished ovarian reserve and unsuccessful IUI at another clinic, we went straight to IVF. We did 2 back to back retrievals to make sure we have enough embryos, always using ICSI and microfluidics. 1st retrieval - 4 eggs, 3 mature, 3 fertilized, 2 made it to Day 5 and came back PGD normal. 2nd retrieval - 5 eggs, 5 mature, 5 fertilized, 4 made it do Day 5 and PGD normal. Then we did 3 back to back single embryo transfers. 1st natural FET - negative, 2nd natural FET - chemical, 3rd programmed FET - chemical. Dr. Reichman was surprised we didn’t have successful pregnancy yet, so he completely switched the approach. We did another IVF (10 eggs, 10 mature, 9 fertilized) and did a fresh transfer of 2 8-cell embryos on Day 3. It was a negative again, so he did a hysteroscopy to rule out uterine factor. We then proceeded to another IVF, this time using testicular sperm to circumvent the male factor. We had 7 eggs, 5 mature, 3 fertilized, 2 made it to day 3, we did a fresh transfer of 2 embryos (8-cell and 6-cell) on Day 3, which ultimately succeeded. I am now 8 weeks pregnant with singleton, and so far it seems viable and strong pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Christine Lu)
My primary nurse was Christine, she has been amazing throughout the entire IVF journey. I got to speak with her a lot, and had tons of questions which she was always available to answer, her support and guidance were tremendous. I was quite impressed with the nursing stuff at Cornell, very well trained, caring and all of them very kind.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
My husband and I couldn’t have asked for better medical care and clinic. We did a very thorough research before coming to Cornell, the embryology lab is world class. Every process is very efficient, I was never nervous that something can logistically go wrong, and we did all procedures back to back with no break.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I was going to downtown location around 8am and the wait was sometimes long, but I didn’t mind. If you are not able to wait, highly recommending to go before 7am, as there is almost no one there. The uptown location on a weekend is a different story, it is super crowded, I tried to go at opening bell. When Dr. Reichman was doing the monitoring or retrievals on a weekend, he would tell me at what time to go uptown to make sure I meet him.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
My insurance covered $15,000, so we had around $58,000 out of pocket. Retrieval is ~$10, hospital fee/anesthesia ~1K, PGD testing ~$4K-6K (depending on #of embryos), frozen transfer ~$4K. IVF with fresh transfer was around $14K all in, TESE and hysteroscopy were fully covered by insurance so can’t remember the price tag.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
In general, Dr. Reichman has preference for a single embryo transfer especially when embryos were tested. He does take into account individual circumstances and changes the approach accordingly.