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By: rawee1
Fertility Associates Of Memphis
Keeping it real when parents-to-be are in a fog. Let's face it, parents-to-be who have trouble becoming parents often need help conceiving or retaining a pregnancy. We get emotional, we are angry, we are sad. Fortunately for the mid-south, Fertility Associates of Memphis provides that service and can help most families with their fertility problems.My experience with Fertility Associates of Memphis was not unlike many other moms' trials. We didn't have trouble getting pregnant, but I'd suffered multiple miscarriages and 2 D&Cs, and my OBGYN was smart enough to refer me to her partner on a research publication she'd done on multiple miscarriages. Conveniently located in the same building at 80 Humphrey's Center near Baptist Women's Hospital, I was walked down to see Dr. Kutteh. After all the emotions I'd experienced in an office full of women, it was a nice change to see some male faces who approached my fertility proactively and in a scientific manner. I had an HSG (a painful x-ray of the uterus with dye), DNA testing, progesterone supplements, and eventually, a very simple surgery to repair a minor problem (major enough, however, to prevent any embryo from attaching). It felt good leaving his office after each visit with a proactive feeling, like I knew what was going to happen next, and I knew what we'd done so far. I was kept in the loop, I never felt like crying in the office, and I knew that he'd get me there. When I had the surgery at Methodist, one nurse did not start my IV antibiotics on time and he really gave it to her! This doctor takes care of his patients and wants things done correctly. That's what I'd want for my own daughter, too.Some serious precautions (folic acid, progesterone supplements, etc) later, we have a son and daughter, just like we always dreamed of. Other friends of mine have taken Clomid for ovulation, and IVF treatments with Dr. Ke and loved his demeanor as well. They have recently taken on a third partner, Dr. Brezina, who became interested in the field after he and his wife experienced their own difficulty conceiving. Isn't it a comfort to know that your fertility specialist might have experienced some of the heartache and wait that you have? In response to the previous reviewers, yes there was an incident with one strange nurse, but never was anyone rude to me there. It is not fuzzy hand-holding land, it is clinical, because they are a clinic. Patients trying to get pregnant are literally pumped full of hormones, and it may "color" their feelings if posting during treatment. Maybe you'd appreciate the new doctor in the group, who is a little younger and has experienced fertility issues firsthand with his own family. Perhaps that would fill the patient care void they were feeling.P.S. When our insurance didn't want to cover treatment, they fought for us and saved us some money, too!
By: Jessica R.
Fertility Associates Of Memphis
My husband and I were referred to this clinic after our sixth miscarriage. We had no living children and were at the lowest point, thinking we'd never have a baby of our own. With all of the losses we suffered, we weren't very hopeful that anyone would be able to help us, but we weren't ready to give up, either. This clinic is almost six hours away from us and worth EVERY SINGLE minute of the drive. Every dime of the gas money. Every dollar for the hotel and every penny we paid (which, thanks to Dr. Kutteh, wasn't a whole lot, as he coded our visits so all we had out of pocket was a co pay of 50 dollars for each visit)Our first appointment there, we were treated with so much respect and kindness and not only that, but we could tell, this clinic and the doctors KNEW what they were doing. We had a visit of probably 4 hours the first time, where Dr. Kutteh ran us through the ringer of blood work, swabs for bacterial infections, an HSG ultrasound, everything. Even tests that I had already had performed at other places, he ran those again just to be sure. And he ran tests I had NEVER had any where before. He pinpointed one of our issues that same day (Asherman's syndrome) and set us up for surgery a short time later. Before the surgery, he came to me with all of the results of my swabs. I had two bacterial infections that were directly linked to miscarriages. He prescribed antibiotics to clear those up and retested me later to make sure they were clear. I had weekly visits until 12 weeks to monitor the growth of our baby once I became pregnant (which was the first month we tried) and Dr. Kutteh continued to test me for infections every few weeks, just to make sure nothing returned. Ginny, our sonographer, was extremely compassionate and friendly and understood our situation. Before every ultrasound, she chatted with us, joked with us and the first thing she'd say when the ultrasound screen came on was "There's the heartbeat!", as she knew our situation and wanted us to be reassured immediately. As I write this, I can feel my little girl kicking. I'm almost 24 weeks pregnant, the furthest I've ever carried, and I'm due to deliver our little girl on Mother's Day. I cannot thank this practice and its doctors enough. Without them, my husband and I would be going home tonight instead of going out shopping for baby clothes and painting a nursery. If you feel like you have no hope or other doctors have advised you to give up (personal experience here), please don't until you see the doctors at this clinic.
By: aimee.puryear
Fertility Associates Of Memphis
My husband and I had an exceptional experience at Fertility Associates of Memphis. We found all of the staff to be friendly, knowledgable, & sensitive to the emotional strain we were going through in trying to conceive. Dr. Raymond Ke was our doctor & we found him to be a "straight shooter" in relaying our chances to conceive, as well as, the best approach for us to conceive based upon my condition. I greatly appreciated his candidness. He explained my condition in lay terms that made it easy for us understand. During The IVF process, I did not actually see Dr. Ke due to the rotation of the Dr's schedules but saw him regularly once we conceived. After I was pregnant, I had a scare of potential miscarriage. Dr. Ke's nurse promptly returned my call & they saw me immediately. Dr. Ke was out of town at a conference but phoned the nurses to consult. Once he returned, he called me after working hours to check on me & explained what caused the scare & assured me everything looked great. After years of trying to conceive on our own & repeated disappointment, I am thankful for the staff at Fertility Associates of Memphis. The doctor's were wonderful, personable, exceptionally knowledgable & always made us feel Welcomed. Each doctor has a different personality & you may find that you "click" better with one than another.
By: melissa.sauer.5
Fertility Associates Of Memphis
I live in Georgia and this facility was willing to do a phone consultation and allow me to have tests run where I currently reside. Unlike other physicians, Dr. Kutteh not only heard, but listened to my concerns and thoughts about my difficulties in staying pregnant. After some medication adjustments, I was able to carry a pregnancy past 6-7 weeks and have been given my beautiful twin girls. Also of note, Dr. Kutteh expressed his sympathy to me after a loss, in a hand-written note. I cannot say that for any other physician in my care. I have repeatedly referred friends to this facilities contact information. If I was going to try to be pregnant again, Dr. Kutteh would be involved in my care! I cannot thank them enough!
By: ladycrow
Fertility Associates Of Memphis
My husband and I recently went through a round of IVF. Dr. Brezina is amazing. He took time with us to explain our options in the beginning and then explained the pros and cons of each treatment we were facing. He not only provided us with exceptional healthcare, he was able to sympathize when we had a miscarriage following our procedure. I want to point out that this procedure is not "fun". It is a very emotional and draining journey for all involved. Dr. Brezina and staff were definately accomodating. We plan to further our journey with them when my husband and I decide what our next step will be.
By: reviewer890
Fertility Associates Of Memphis
I have to agree with the negative reviews. The doctors are competent, but the patient experience is lacking and the nurses do all the procedures"For spending thousands of dollars over several months you would think we would have more interaction with the actual Dr. We will be looking elsewhere after this latest round of shenanigans.
By: John D.
Holbourn Integrated Therapy
Good experience overall. I will give them another shot if I ever have need of their services again. Jenny is a lovely and kind woman. She gets 5 stars.
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