Describe your experience with IVF Fertility Center.
I wanted a solo practice, and all the perks that come along with that are present at this clinic!
Everyone at the office is very warm and personable. It is a very well-run, super organized and efficient clinic.
Also, it is VERY clean. I am a germaphobe, and the nurses spend a lot of time wiping down the entire room. I've been to many doctor's offices where they just do the minimum of changing that wax piece of paper that goes over the table. Thank goodness, the table, handles, probes, etc all get wiped down. Also I like that they use disposable speculums.
Another great thing is that it's a new clinic, and everything is new! The ultrasound machine is state of the art and is probably one of the best that I've seen at all the fertility clinics I've been to. In this very dynamic field of fertility, it gave me a great security to know that they were incorporating the highest of technologies not only in their fertility testing, but they also went the extra mile for patients with their equipment and supplies.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Kuo pays attention to every detail in your chart and treats every case differently. It's very personalized care, and he is compassionate and caring as well.
He doesn't see a high volume of patients on purpose, and everybody in the office will learn your name. You will feel warmly welcomed every time you go in, and you will feel as if you were a part of the IVF Fertility Clinic family.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were fantastic in every way!
Dr. Kuo's nurses were warm, helpful and efficient. His head nurse Eliana did most of my blood draws and injections, and she did a very good job. She really cared and was very supportive in my fertility journey. She also came at 10 PM at night to administer my trigger shot!
When my husband wasn't able to accompany me on my visits, Dr. Kuo's nurses would hold my hand and ease my fears during procedures.
On my 6th week ultrasound, all the nurses and the office manager were excited to celebrate alongside me-- It warmed my heart that they were all so vested in hearing my little girl's heartbeat! It was apparent that they all genuinely cared and wanted us to succeed.
The nurses are great in sending you lab results, calling in prescriptions or anything else you need as well.
How was your experience with John Kuo?
Dr. Kuo is hands down the best doctor I've ever had. He completely exceeded my expectations in every way. I had consults with ten REs before choosing Dr. Kuo, and it was the best decision I made all year. He is like a concierge doctor with reasonable prices. He goes above and beyond to make sure that you have success. He's honest and truly wants the best for you. He works around the clock so that you can have your baby miracle. What I loved the most about his clinic is that he personally does all the ultrasounds and calls with the lab results himself. He also carefully reviews the medications you are on and double checks for any errors. You will never have to worry about any of those horror stories happening at his clinic. He is a perfectionist, and it shows!
I am clinically phobic of needles to the point where I put off IVF for years because of it. However Dr. Kuo made me feel so at ease and made it possible for me to undergo IVF even with such an intense phobia. He did some of the blood draws himself, and I was able to get my IVF injections done at his office which really eased a lot of my fears and concerns. Where are you going to find a doctor that cares so much and goes the extra mile?
I will give you a few examples of how he completely surpassed my expectations:
One time during my stims for egg retrieval, my estrogen levels came back way too low and so he had his office manager drive 45 minutes to meet me at the office on a Sunday evening to give me another injection. He will go above and beyond to make sure that you have the best possible outcome.
Also, when no one wanted to run Zika tests on me when there was a scare in Pasadena, he was more than willing to do so to ease my fears.
I run clinical trials for a living and read tons and tons of studies for work. So the one thing that made Dr. Kuo stand out above the rest of his colleagues for me was that he read the studies I sent him and gave me his personal opinion on them. That was the number one reason why I chose him to begin with. But then after I started treatment at his clinic, he blew me away with the exceptional care that I received every step of the way.
Dr. Kuo is also a top notch surgeon and clinician. I had this one procedure done 7x at his office-- the endometrial biopsy. If you peruse Google like I do, you've probably read your share of stories on how painful that test can be and that the pain level is dependent on the skill level of the doctor. I am happy to report that the first time he was so gentle and quick that I didn't even know he finished the procedure! I never felt pain on any of the other 6 times either. He was very patient and reassuring at every procedure even with my high level of anxiety. I would trust Dr. Kuo with any surgeries or office procedures-- he is highly skilled! Too bad he can't perform my C-section!
I also really liked the fact that he is extremely detail-oriented and thorough. He ordered a lot more tests than my friends received at other clinics and paid very close attention to all of the outcomes. He would make adjustments until everything was perfect.
When I was 7 weeks pregnant I developed a subchorionic hemorrhage, and Dr. Kuo did everything he could to save our baby! He was calm, reassuring and took all the right actions to make sure the bleed did not cause a miscarriage. I'm happy to report that I'm twelve weeks pregnant now, and the bleed is gone!
He was everything I wanted in a doctor, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the care I received throughout the entire year. He is clinically sound, brilliant, accessible and always has your best interests in mind. I would highly recommend John Kuo MD PhD as an RE without reservation!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Kuo?
Book your appointment now! He has a 5 month waiting list at the moment!
Describe the protocols John Kuo used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Dr. Kuo did a maximum dosage antagonist stim cycle resulting in 43 eggs! Amazing for a 39 year old. He also added HGH to my cycle to increase egg quality. Other injections used were Follistim, Menopur and Cetritide. We triggered with Lupron and Novarel to decrease chances of OHSS and to make sure that the trigger would work.
We did ICSI, PGS testing, assisted hatching and mitograde testing. The mitograde testing was very helpful for me, because 50% of my embryos were not mitograde normal, so we were able to make sure that we had an even higher success with the implantation ruling that out.
We also did ERA testing to determine correct implantation window, and that was super helpful for me since I did not follow the Day 5 norm. My ERA testing showed that we should transfer on Day 6.5 instead.
So for the medicated frozen embryo transfer, we transfered on Day 6.5, and it worked! He used a medicated vs. a natural cycle to ensure more exact control over the window of implantation.