How was your experience with Hey-Joo Kang at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I was referred to Dr. Kang by my regular OB whom I trust completely. When I first met Dr. Kang, I felt she was confident with her abilities to address my issues and I had no reason no to trust her. She first gauged my expectations, and I was okay with a more moderate approach (starting with Clomid and TI before moving to Clomid + IUIs, then injectables + IUIs, and finally IVF), since we weren't sure what exactly was keeping me from getting pregnant. Each cycle was adjusted to see how my body would respond. In the end, we found that I respond better to lower dosages of meds than higher ones. I think that Dr. Kang made the correct calls regarding my protocol.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Hey-Joo Kang at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Don't expect for her to spend a lot of time with you if you have no questions or concerns. However, if you do have questions or concerns she will make time for you and make sure you're comfortable with the information/procedures. I was a more "go with the flow" type of patient and didn't ask too many questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Hey-Joo Kang at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Weill Cornell Reproductive Medicine is a very large clinic. I mainly saw Dr Kang at the Long Island office so I mostly felt like I was treated like a human. It was only when I had to report into the UES office where you realize the sheer number of patients that go through that office a day, and feel like just a number.
Describe the protocols Hey-Joo Kang used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
When Clomid + TI didn't work, we moved to Clomid + IUI. We found that when I was on Clomid 100mg, I produced the same number of eggs as when I was on Clomid 50mg. For my 3rd IUI cycle, I was taking 150 Gonal-f injectables, which was also unsuccessful. My first IVF cycle, I was taking 300 Gonal-f + 150 menopur, which resulted in only 2 follicles and a canceled IVF. We ended up doing another IUI instead, which was also unsuccessful. For my second IVF cycle, my dosage was reduced to 225 Gonal-F, and 75 menopur, later adding cetrotide before retrieval. I produced 4 follicles, 3 mature, 1 immature, with 2 fertilizing, but only 1 making it to transfer.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I worked with Amy and Sarah. Amy is the NP at the Long Island office and Sarah is the NP at the NYC location. Amy led the IVF teach class and showed me how to use and administer my medications, as well as walked me through my protocol. She was always available to answer any questions I had, and if not, I would leave messages for Sarah, who would return my calls within a few hours in the same day. They were both very understanding when my insurance cap for medications ran out, and adjusted my prescription orders where necessary. Without them, I think I would have been so lost.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The hours and location were convenient for me. Monitoring hours are from 7-9am on weekdays. I was able to stop in before starting my work day, and usually in and out within 30 minutes. Diana, the patient coordinator is super knowledgeable and extremely efficient. Vanessa, the nurse who draws your blood, is probably the best at what she does. Whenever a different nurse drew my blood it always hurt. Vanessa was always quick and painless.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I would describe monitoring hours like a well-oiled machine. There was only one instance when there was a line for check-in, and the office should better explain how to use the kiosk to check in without cards. Once you are checked in, however, you don't wait more than 15 mins to get blood drawn and another 15 before your U/S.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Hey-Joo Kang at Weill Cornell Medical College.
My insurance covers 70% of infertility services, up to a certain amount. Infertility medications were also covered, up to a certain amount. I did have to pay for 30% of each blood test, ultrasound, and whatever balance was left from my IVF cycle + ICSI after my insurance allowance ran out.
Describe Hey-Joo Kang's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Depends on your age. We would have liked to transfer 2, but I only have 1 viable to transfer on Day 3.