How was your experience with Shayne Plosker at USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology?
Dr. Plosker was clear, concise, and had no issue explaining his reasoning behind different paths we could and should take. He didn't have the most warm bedside manner, but he wasn't cruel or rude. Just matter of fact.
For me, it was more important that I have a thorough understanding of every decision we were making than to have someone who was warm and fuzzy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shayne Plosker at USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology?
Don't expect a warm and overly inviting doctor. He is very matter of fact.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shayne Plosker at USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology?
Dr. Ploskar was wonderful at answering my questions. He took the time to talk to me when I had appointments with him.
I understand, in his position, that he was very busy. I wish I know beforehand whether I was meeting with him or his nurse. Sometime I met with the nurse and she'd have to talk to him another time and get back to me. She always got back to me in a timely manner, I just wish I could have had more one on one time with him
Describe the protocols Shayne Plosker used in your cycles at USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology and their degree of success.
My previous doctor had run a blood test that showed I ovulated, but my progesterone had been low. That doctor had me on topical progesterone.
Plosker explained to me the shortcomings of topical and why he thought that oral would help me more. Knowing what my progesterone had been, he wasn't certain that I was actually ovulating every cycle, so he started monthly bloodwork. It turns out, he was correct. It's pretty rare for me to ovulate.
At this point, we've tried clomid, letrozole, and metformin trying to get me to ovulate. None have worked. I have an appointment with him next week to discuss injectable options.
At this point, our goal is to get my ovulating and trying to conceive naturally for a few cycles. If, at that point, we are still unsuccessful, we are going to move to IVF, most likely with ICSI because of some MFI issues.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff were incredibly friendly and got back to me quickly; however, they made a major (in my opinion) mistake and I am no longer comfortable going to USF.
I have a shellfish allergy. My doctor sent me for an HSG, which injects an iodine solution inside you. I had multiple phone calls with nurses to make sure that I was on the correct cocktail of medications to ensure that I was not going to have a major allergic event.
After the test, I was supposed to hear back from my doctor/nurse. I never did, so I called. It turns out that my doctor left USF for Shady Grove weeks prior.
No one mentioned that to me, during the multiple conversations about medication. No one called to tell me I was no longer under his care. None of the nurses said anything to me when I checked in for my HSG.
I had an allergen injected into my body and I was not under a doctor's care and no one told me.
Describe your experience with USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology.
I would never go back to USF again.
As I stated prior in this review, USF neglected to tell me that my doctor had left. I have a shellfish allergy and I had communicated multiple times with USF nurses and staff about additional medications I should be taking to avoid an allergic reaction during my HSG. I was injected with an allergen and no one told me my doctor left and I was not under a doctor's care.
Once I called the clinic and was told this, I asked what next steps were, since I was supposed to make an appointment after the HSG to discuss injectibles. The clinic told me that there were no openings, and despite already waiting months to get in with Dr. Plosker, I had to, yet again, get on a waitlist to see another doctor there.
I was a patient in active treatment.
It's been a month. No one from USF has reached out to me. I am out of refills on my medications.
I found Dr. Ploskar at Shady Grove and I'm not awaiting an appointment with him there to continue treatment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shayne Plosker at USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology.
So far, my insurance has covered most of my appointments, so there havent been any surprises
Describe Shayne Plosker's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology.
The clinic my doctor is currently at says that the do not see greater results with multiple embryo transfers. I trust them and agree that, if that is true, I dont want to risk complications
What specific things went wrong at USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology?
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
- Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology.
The doctor left my clinic before a procedure that was scheduled for me. The procedure used iodine and I have a seafood allergy, so I was on a gamut of medications to prevent an allergic reaction.
No one told me the doctor left. I was injected with an allergen and I was not under a doctor's care. This is dangerous. No one called me after the procedure to discuss results and next steps.
When I called, they told me that the doctor had left and that there were no openings available to continue treatment with another doctor. I would have to stop my current treatment and go on a waitlist.