How was your experience with Steven Nakajima at Stanford University?
I started the treatment very hopeful as this doctor looks great on paper and Stanford has a great reputation. However, Dr. Nakajima would constantly forget about my condition and I would have to remind him of it. He also never expalined the results of the treatment or had the initiative to design an alternate protocol for me. He never explained how could I improve my success rates and failed to explain the course of the treatment. For example, at the end on my first retrieval, I though I was going to have an embryo transfer in my next cycle. When I called the clinic they told me that the clinic would be closed for the Holidays. I had canceled all my travel plans at that point, thinking I had to stay at home during the holidays for the transfer. Nobody at the clinic was able to explain to me the reason to which I wasn't going to do the transfer. I had to argue on the phone and demand for a phone consultation with the doctor. He then called and said I couldn't do the transfer because my body had to recover for a longer time?! He then also said that the outcome was poor and I shoudl try and bank more embryos before doing the transfer. Well, that would have been a good information to tell me in the beggining of the treatment. Also because I could decide to do the treatment with a clinic that does bundle packages. Now I am on my second cycle and I haven't seen him once. I have emailed him about 10 times and he never responded to my messages. In a nutshell, I am treated like some woman who is doing IVF in the clinic that he works. He knows nothing about me, how I feel about the treatment and where I stand right now. By far the worst doctor I have ever had.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Nakajima at Stanford University?
Find another doctor, because this one will not treat you with the dignity and respect that you deserve.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Nakajima at Stanford University?
Dr. Nakajima never listen to me. He never gave me an explanation for why we need IVF or any other treatment. He never addressed any of my concerns and would only answer my questions after I have asked sternly.
Describe the protocols Steven Nakajima used in your cycles at Stanford University and their degree of success.
IVF cycle 1 - 225IU Follistin, 150 Menopour. Follistin increased to 300IU at day 5 of stimulation, trigger with ovidrel and lupron. I have severe reaction after the retrieval. Retrieve 18 eggs, 10 mature and fertilized, 4 made it to blastocyst
IVF cycle 2 - 300Follistin, 150 menopour, trigger with novarel and fsh 400IU. Retrival is in two days.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Nursing staff is very incompetent. Mixed instructions, delay in returning emails/calls, long wait times at the clinic. It is extremely hard to communicate with them.
Describe your experience with Stanford University.
This clinic has no strengths for woman like me who are looking for an outstanding medical practice that will produce success. The clinic is always packed and you can wait between 5 to 45min for your appointment. The front desk can't even give you a receipt. For example, I paid my cycle in November and was told at the day that the printer wasn't working so they couldn't print a receipt. I called many times and asked different people about the receipt, today, 3 months later they were able to give me the receipt! Another example, las Tuesday I had an appointment at 11:45am. I arrived on time and waited for 45 min. I had to return to work. They called me and asked me to return at 4pm. So I did. AS I checked in the receptionist wanted to charge me for the copay again?!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Stanford University.
Line around the corner every time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Nakajima at Stanford University.
12000 per IVF Cyle
Describe Steven Nakajima's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Stanford University.
His words "you are petite, so it is safe to transfer 1 embryo". Sounds like he had to go through a lot of work to decide that. By the way, I am petite by American standards. In my country, I am "regular".
What specific things went wrong at Stanford University?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Lost paperwork
- Lost appointments
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Failed to send your chart to another clinic
- Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
- Failed to consider drug intolerance
- Scheduled the wrong procedure
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Stanford University.
They have 2 phlebotomists that are unable to get blood samples from me without poking me at least twice.
The front desk staff is unable to solve problems such as printer working, rescheduling appointments that are delayed for more than 40 min.
Nurses cannot give proper instructions and fail to communicate with doctors about procedures.
Specific doctors that I have seen have no sensitivity to what they say. There's a doctor there named Sarah Churchill, I think she is new. At the end of my first retrieval she told me I "didn't have that many eggs" so there was no justification for my severe pain after the retrieval. The only explanation she could come up with was "you are too sensitive to pain". Just now on the phone she said "patients with a low to intermediate response have to trigger with FSH". Finally, today I went in for a blood test. The order was wrong, so I ended up waiting again.....then when I went in the phlebotomist could not find a vein and got blood from my forearm. Later, I got a phone call today from their staff manager saying that I have mistreated their staff. After all that I have put up with, I get a phone call?! Really this clinic is beyond terrible. They offer no support and have no idea how much stress they have added to me because of their lack of professionalsm.