Describe your experience with Hinsdale Center for Reproduction.
I like that the clinic is very small. I am often the only person in the waiting room, which definitely helps me feel more like a patient and not a number. The main reason we moved to this clinic was the lower prices for many of the procedures. One weakness would be that we have not seen the doctor as much as we would like but now that we are moving to IVF we have seen him more. Another concern I have is that IVF is only performed every 3 months due to their traveling embryologist. If my first IVF procedure in April does not work, we will have to wait until July for the next one.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
All of the office staff know us and greet us by name. When I call the office they are very friendly. They sometimes know my results without my charts in front of them.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff has all been very friendly and helpful. Sally has been very informative and comforting as we start our IVF process. Victoria is great at drawing my blood quickly without it hurting. All the sonogram technicians have been supportive, especially Sarah who also performed our IUI.
How was your experience with Michael Hickey?
Dr. Hickey is friendly and made us feel at ease. Dr. Hickey did a great job of explaining the procedures we were going to be doing. He answered all of our questions. When he did perform certain tests he was thorough and explained everything in an easy to understand manner. We are hopeful that we will have success with Dr. Hickey as we move to IVF.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Hickey?
Make sure that you discuss prices right away. Dr. Hickey can be very accommodating with helping out with the cost of procedures.
Describe the protocols Michael Hickey used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I had an HSG with another doctor 4 months before seeing Dr. Hickey to unblock my tubes. Dr. Hickey then started us off with 100 mg of Clomid - we tried 2 months without IUI. When then moved to 100mg of Clomid with IUI. The IUI procedure was performed in October 2016 but that did not result in a pregnancy. Dr. Hickey said we would try 4 IUIs and then move to IVF. During the next 2 months I ovulated too early and the IUIs could not be performed. After that Dr. Hickey recommended we move to IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Hickey.
When we first started with Dr. Hickey, we did not have fertility coverage with our health insurance. The office manager was able to code our procedures so that we were paying around $80 for blood work and an ultrasound each month. Our IUI procedure was $600. We have not received billing yet for our IVF yet but we were informed the cost would be around $19,000, but we have second insurance now, so it will be less.