The In Vitro Fertilization Laboratory is adjacent to our office on the Alvarado Campus and is also connected to the Ambulatory Surgery Center. The location of the Laboratory is ideal because it is in direct proximity to the doctor's office and the offices of the Hospital IVF Nurse Coordinator, as well as those of the Laboratory Director. Such an arrangement provides a better flow of information among the IVF team members and is convenient for our patients.
Our assisted reproduction program was developed after visiting several successful IVF programs throughout the world. Dr. Brody, our Medical Director, designed the IVF Laboratory after a visit to Dr. Edwards' lab at Bourn Hall, near Cambridge University in England. Dr. Edwards is the originator of in vitro fertilization and one of the leading pioneers of reproductive biology. The IVF Laboratory has the capability of performing a large volume of IVF cases per year. It contains all of the state-of-the-art equipment needed for assisted reproduction. The equipment and facilities are utilized to perform micromanipulation, ICSI, assisted hatching, as well as embryo cryopreservation and andrology. The Laboratory also offers the new technique of human blastocyst transfer. We pioneered and originated the techniques NEST (Non-surgical Embryonic Selective Thinning and Transfer) which can help increase pregnancy rates for infertile couples undergoing assisted reproduction.
Our IVF program has a special interest and expertise in blastocyst culture and transfer. Blastocyst culture involves growing the embryo for two additional days in the IVF lab. Blastocyst transfer results in high pregnancy rates with the transfer of only 2 or 3 embryos. Thus the risk of high-order multiple pregnancy is virtually eliminated.