How was your experience with Lisa Grossman Becht at Columbia University?
Dr. Grossman as an individual is compassionate and friendly. She also explained as much as she could when we saw her. The issue was that we barely saw her for such an important event in our life. I believe this is a negative consequence of the clinic and not her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lisa Grossman Becht at Columbia University?
Just avoid Columbia in total.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lisa Grossman Becht at Columbia University?
The clinic processes about 40 women an hour in the morning. The doctor who is primarily assigned to you doesn't even do your transfer. So you get to know "your" doctor, but then you have a random doctor do the transfer.
Describe the protocols Lisa Grossman Becht used in your cycles at Columbia University and their degree of success.
My husband's first sperm analysis came back with results that he had extremely low sperm count. Columbia referred us to a urologist they recommended, who ended up being completely disorganized and disappointing. Since he has such low sperm count we should've pursued a competent urologist path in the first place, but Dr. Grossman said we'd be ok doing IVF as long as we had a few sperm to work with. I went through the egg retrieval process (which was an nightmare. they overstimulated me and doubled the dose of hormones). I could barely walk the two days preceding my egg retrieval process and they got 33 eggs from me (way above normal). We had to wait a month for first transfer because my ovaries were overstimulated and had to calm down. The first transfer was done by a random doctor, and failed. Our second transfer was done by another random doctor (who used a completely different procedure) and failed.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
It's a zoo in there. They barely have time to remember people except for 2 nurses who were above average.
Describe your experience with Columbia University.
It's a money making machine. There is no customization in terms of adjusting hormones. You have to go 3 times a week and they must process 50 women within 90 minutes. You don't see your doctor regularly for ultrasounds or blood work. We sat down with Dr. Grossman twice throughout the whole process. The fact that 2 different doctors did our transfers and used 2 different procedures for the transfer confused us. There should be consistency at least in that area.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lisa Grossman Becht at Columbia University.
we paid 20% of total costs.
Describe Lisa Grossman Becht's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia University.
No comments here.
What specific things went wrong at Columbia University?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
- Failed to convey critical information