How was your experience with Raymond Ke at Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates?
Dr. Ke is direct and to-the-point. He explains things well, using facts and figures. He doesn't sugarcoat things or overexaggerate the chance of something working. If a treatment has an 18% chance of working, he will tell you. But, he is also very compassionate. He is willing to answer any and all questions honestly. He also talks to - and more importantly - listens to his patients like we are humans, which is amazing. I guess the one downside is that most of the interactions are with the nurses and staff, but he does review your chart and know who you are when you meet with him for consultation.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Raymond Ke at Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates?
Be honest with him and he will be honest back. Also, ask all your questions. He will provide as much information as you ask for.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Raymond Ke at Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates?
During my first few visits with Dr. Ke, he was very straightforward and gave me the facts about the IUI procedure and probability of its success. After my second failed IUI, he once again went into the facts and probability of continued treatment, but he really took the time to listen to my frustrations and give me advice about how to handle living with infertility. I was the last patient of the day and he spent over 45 minutes with me, letting me talk about my frustrations, answering all my questions, and giving medical advice. He also gave personal advice like not feeling guilty about skipping baby showers and offered to recommend a therapist. He really listened to me and saw me as a person with a problem, not an unexplained diagnosis. Though he may have seemed blunt at first, it was clear how much he cares about his patients.
Describe the protocols Raymond Ke used in your cycles at Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates and their degree of success.
For my first IUI, we used femara to increase my number of eggs and ovidrel to induce ovulation. We attempted a second IUI with an increase in my femara dose, but I ovulated too early. The next month, we kept the femara increase, moved the ultrasound up in the cycle, and used ovidrel. I was given estrogen after ovulation. Both IUIs resulted in negative pregnancy tests.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates. (Assigned nurse: Dawn)
The nursing staff is very kind, compassionate, and personable. They tend to sugar coat things. For instance, my husband's motility numbers were within range but not very high, the nurse told me they were "great" but Dr. Ke told me they were "okay" in my follow-up. I feel like I was given kind of false sense of high hopes for my treatment from the nursing staff, but if the treatment had worked, I probably would have been happy they had been so encouraging. It's a hard balance, but they are kind and encouraging.
Describe your experience with Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates.
They are very fast, efficient, and the costs are given to you up front. The one complaint is that I see the nursing staff more than the actual doctor. Perhaps that is different for people going through more complicated procedures, like IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Raymond Ke at Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates.
The IUI itself was about $600. The ovidrel shot was about $100. A follow-up ultrasound not covered by insurance was $100.
Describe Raymond Ke's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates.
Not relevant to my current treatment
What specific things went wrong at Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates?
- Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Kutteh Ke Fertility Associates.
After I missed ovulation for what would have been my second IUI, I had to call to remind them that we were doing my ultrasound earlier. They had misplaced the paperwork saying that I had ovulated too early the previous month, but they were apologetic and listened to me when I insisted we move the ultrasound up.