How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Dr. Hickman seemed to be very knowledgeable and sensitive at the same time. He explained our options without imposing an specific course of treatment. He also detailed his rationale for each treatment option and let us free to decide which and when. I am still under treatment, but so far I feel pretty confident I found the right doctor for me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Trust his experience.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Before consulting Dr. Hickman I had many biases against using reproductive assisted technology and had experienced patronizing behavior from other medical doctors which I disliked. Dr. Hickman treated us with respect and explained his hypothesis in clear terms, in a humble manner and with regard for our concerns.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
Because ours was a case of "unexplained infertility", Dr. Hickman strategy was to begin from the less invasive procedures and gradually move towards the more complex procedures. Both me and my husband have been tested and already identified a slight but important alteration in my thyroid which I already begun treating. After assuring that eggs, sperm, fallopian tubes and uterine cavity are fine, next step will be a cycle of Clomid and IUI. We also chose to do a genetic screening which was really helpful to decide that trying IUI is still a viable option. Understanding the steps of treatment was reassuring and the level of detail an specialist can go makes the difference for those who are wondering why they can't get pregnant and have not found any answer yet.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Sarah)
My nurse seems to be very knowledgeable and she always answer my questions with parsimony. Therefore I feel I can trust her. However, she seems to be busy and always in a rush, with less warmth that I would like.
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
The clinic is a peaceful environment. It seems to be a lack of coordination regarding lab results and it's a little complicated to access your your information (currently there are 2 portals, not very clear or integrated). Staff has been partially helpful with orientation.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
The initial visit, lab tests, medication I needed for thyroid and genetic counseling, with our insurance, have been under $1000. Next cycle we are predicting about $2000 for an exam, Clomid and one cycle of IUI. The max. # of trials with IUI will be 3. So if it does not work, before deciding if we want to try IVF, we will have spent about $6000.
Describe Timothy Hickman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Not there yet
What specific things went wrong at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
- Failed to call with results
- Provided conflicting information