How was your experience with Patrick Blohm at Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Blohm has thus far provided a wonderful experience throughout our IVF journey. I came into him in November 2017 desperate to create a family with my husband. Both being service members and having had recently returned from Iraq we were eager to get started. Dr. Blohm took the time to go over my medical history with fertility, I had undergone an HSG, blood work and an ultrasound at my local military hospital. I let him know up front I was diagnosed with a bicornurate uterus and explained to him that I have an issue with reacurring miscarriages, without skipping a beat he didn’t even looks at the information I brought from previous doctors and said they are wrong and took me right off to get an ultrasound. Sure enough all these years I have had a full septate uterus and septate cervix. I have had multiple abdominal surgeries and none of them could diagnose me properly, it took him just listening to me to figure out my issue. I also explained I have extreme menstrual pain and previous surgeons noted that I have scar tissue fusing my organs together. He was disgusted that any doctor would leave me this way and not repair me. We got word that we were yet again deploying and we let him know so that he could be informed of our time crunch, he had me in surgery 2 days later, fit me in with an already full day of surgery for him just so I could be taken care of promptly given our situation without skipping a beat. He performed a hysteroscopy to remove the septate and did and endoscopy to check on everything out he feared others may have missed. At my post operative appointment he showed me images of the removed septate and then all my questions of my bodily pain had been answered, I was suffering from stage 3 endodemetriosis, I had pelvic adhesive disease caused by it and a polyp. He removed all of it in exception of the endodemetriosis that encompasses 40% of my ovaries because we plan on using my eggs when we make it to transfer. He always wait two full menstual cycles between these surgeries and IVF start date we would have began in February but when we went back for an HSG in January he found a tiny nun of septum left and recommended he remove it. But ultimately he left all these decisions to us, which I loved that he was always very honest about his opinion and why he would do something a certain way but ultimately give us the end decision making. I just received my new batch of injectibles for our upcoming IVF cycle, we start injections in April and we are thrilled. I will be moving out of state after this pregnancy and when we decide to have another I will travel states just to continue care with Dr. Blohm. I have never met another doctor who cared for his patients success and happiness then him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Patrick Blohm at Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine?
One piece of advice I would give someone is take his advice and be open minded he is an extremely intelligent man and he is very blunt about the facts but know that he is an excellent doctor and will take care of you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Patrick Blohm at Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Blohm is a very straight to the point reproductive endocrinologist. Which I love he leaves nothing to your imagination. He always ensures that every detail of what he is going to do during a procedure is thuroughly explained using whatever means neccesary And is always willing without hesitation to take extra time to answer any extra questions. After every procedure I am always given pictures of exactly what inside my body he was looking at or had removed. He is one of the most brilliant doctors I have ever met. He does not rush you as a patient even though hundreds of couples walk through his door each day and he pushes for each person. My husband and myself are service members, getting through an IVF cycle can be very difficult with us both being deplorable at any time. Dr. Blohm has advocated for us and helped us to get where we currently are in treatment always ensuring what will give us the results we all want but making us a priority.
Describe the protocols Patrick Blohm used in your cycles at Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
Due to our surgical setbacks I will just be starting this round of injectibles next month. However my clinic was kind enough to order our meds early and through a different pharmacy then they usually use to try and see if they can get the price for their military clientele down. I will be using what they referred to as the long Lupron protocol. I will be using BCP which I start this morning, a 2 week Lupron kit, doxycycline, progesterone in oil, HCG trigger, menopur 10 vials and gonal F 5 vials. He expects to see good results with me as he estimated that my egg reserve was well stocked.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff is always friendly and happy to see you. With all the patients they have they always remember us by name even if just passing us in the hospital. They are informative and truly fight for their patients. They are always doing everything they can to make this a comfortable process. The lovely women who coordinates all the calendar events is never hesitant to call and give you answers to any question you may have. They check on you after procedures and make sure that your doing great. I have never met a kinder group with such excellent bedside manner.
Describe your experience with Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine.
The clinic is within a hospital, is has a few ultrasound rooms each with a private bathroom for you. The office is always clean and organized with wonderful pictures of success stories his clients bring in for him. They have a small lab room for simple blood draws and a comfortable office to meet with the doctor which boasts his many academic achievements. They have success rates publicly posted and its always timely service. The main lab used is downstairs in the hospital as well as where one would go for an HSG and all operative procedures are done in the outpatient portion of the same hospital. Everything is nicely located together.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Patrick Blohm at Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr blohm for our procedure costs include $7500 for the overall process, includes labs, ultrasound, retrieval, transfer. Since we need ICSI it’s an additional $1000. He intimates his patients for $3500 in meds however with their efforts they found me a pharmacy that got my meds down to $2075. They will help save you money the best they can. Once you are on the IVF schedule you must pay a $1000 deposit. They give you a cost sheet which breaks everything down when you schedule IVF.
Describe Patrick Blohm's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine.
Given my age, physique and that we are using ICSI my doctor recommended we transfer one embryo however he will allow us to elect for 2 embryos and is informative of the risks of a multiples pregnancy. They base these suggestions of the person themselves, the egg quality and using ICSI or not and age of the women. They do not transfer more then two as they are not a clinic that will create the next octomom itentinally. He is known in the online IVF chat world as the twin maker.