How was your experience with Bradley Hurst at Carolinas Medical Center?
Our fertility journey has not yet been successful, but I wouldn't want another doctor other than Dr. Hurst. He always provides all options and is able to give us the current research on each. I definitely appreciate knowing his opinions, but he also does not strongly push us into anything. After our miscarriage, he showed great compassion. While I was being prepped for my D&C, he went to talk to my husband and told him he would get us a baby. After our second retrieval failed to produce any embryos, he personally called me to update me. He did a full review of the lab procedures to make sure nothing was missed. Dr. Hurst has a dry sense of humor, but I like that. He can also be somewhat blunt, but I appreciate his ability to be direct. I don't want things sugar-coated.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Bradley Hurst at Carolinas Medical Center?
You may have to wait for your appointment, but it is worth it. I don't mind waiting because I know that he is spending extra time with everyone, just as he does for us.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Bradley Hurst at Carolinas Medical Center?
Dr. Hurst always spends more time that I even would expect when meeting with us in consultations or during treatments. We are never rushed. He even called me personally after our loss and after our failed cycles.
Describe the protocols Bradley Hurst used in your cycles at Carolinas Medical Center and their degree of success.
Our first two retrievals used microdose lupron. I started with birth control for 3 weeks, then did 40mcg of Lupron twice a day. On the third day, I started GonalF 300 units. On the 6th day, the Gonal F was reduced to 250units based on bloodwork, and Menopur 150mg was started. Ovidrel 500mcg was used to trigger on the 13th day and retrieval was on the 15th day. 9 eggs were retrieved and 7 fertilized with ICSI. 4 growing on day 3. We ended up with 3 blastocytes, one that we fresh transferred. The other 2 were frozen. The first was negative, the second ended in miscarriage (genetic testing showed normal chromosomes), the third was negative. Our second retrieval had a similar protocol, 7 eggs were retrieved, 5 fertilized, 4 growing at day 3, but then all arrested. Our next protocol will no have birth control, start with estrogen instead. We started with the microdose lupron because Dr. Hurst was worried that I would be a poor responder. My AMH is 1.1 but my FSH is 13.7. Hoping for better results with the next protocol.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Carolinas Medical Center.
The nurses are well organized and good at communication. I have never had problems scheduling and they work very hard to make appointments around my schedule. The nurses are always available to answer questions if I have any.
Describe your experience with Carolinas Medical Center.
To schedule appointments to start your cycles or to ask questions, you have to leave a message and wait to be called back. This is a little difficult if you can't answer the phone when they call back. However, you can also email the nurse which can be easier for questions or just general information. Wait times are generally good. Ultrasounds and bloodwork appointments are always going to be early in the morning, 6:30 to 8am.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Bradley Hurst at Carolinas Medical Center.
These are with insurance discounts. Ultrasound was around $250. IUI was around $1500. Our IVF retrieval cost around $6500. The medications for our retrieval were $3000.
Describe Bradley Hurst's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Carolinas Medical Center.
At my age, Dr. Hurst would only transfer 1 embryo, no matter what our preference would have been. We did not have a choice, but I had already read on the subject and didn't want to do more than 1