How was your experience with Thomas Burwinkel at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Burwinkle was down to earth and to the point. He communicated well about our treatment plan and was very kind after our failed cycle. He might have even used a light-hearted curse word once which made my husband feel at ease (haha). Although our results were not what we had hoped for, doctors are humans, and we know it’s a risky business anyway. I truly feel like Dr. Burwinkle had our best at heart to achieve a healthy pregnancy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Thomas Burwinkel at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Burwinkle does have a good bedside manor but a slightly dry sense of humor so don’t expect him to paint a pretty picture- he is going to be honest (in a kind way) with you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Thomas Burwinkel at Institute for Reproductive Health?
Dr. Burwinkle was very down to earth and was up-front and honest with us. Although our cycle was unsuccessful, Dr. Burwinkle made sure to call me personally the day of the results to ensure I was doing okay and to answer any questions we may have at that point. He knew he would be out of town the following week and wanted to be the one to talk to us about our treatment and concerns. I thought that was really nice.
Describe the protocols Thomas Burwinkel used in your cycles at Institute for Reproductive Health and their degree of success.
I have never been diagnosed with PCOS but my AMH level at the time of treatment was high. Because of that, we used a fairly low dose of injectable medications (Gonal F @ 125, a couple of doses of Cetrotide and Ovidrel). I produced approximately 8 follicles with 7 mature eggs of 4 fertilized. Unfortunately only one of them were able to be transferred and none left to freeze. Dr. Burwinkle stated after that he would increase the dose of medications in future cycles.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
My favorite nurse, Katie, was wonderful. She was the nurse who educated me on my last visit before egg retrieval and on the day of retrieval as well. She made me feel so comfortable and safe during the whole process. As a nurse myself, I hope to make my patients feel as cared for as she did for me. The nursing staff is extremely busy but always did a good job returning phone calls, even if you feel like you call their office 100 times a day.
Describe your experience with Institute for Reproductive Health.
This process is hard, and I would go back to IRH in a heartbeat if the funds ever allow for it. I felt comfortable at all times and I think they truly want the best for all patients- a happy, healthy pregnancy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Thomas Burwinkel at Institute for Reproductive Health.
One full cycle including ICSI, medications, the whole nine yards, cost approximately $15,000.00.
Describe Thomas Burwinkel's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Institute for Reproductive Health.
Our clinic prefers to transfer single embryos which I was fine with at the time. Knowing what I know now, I wish we would have transferred more but hindsight is 50/50. No one to blame for that. I understand and respect the reasoning behind only transferring one embryo at a time based on a fairly healthy and hopeful scenario.