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    Quote Originally Posted by pingc383 View Post
    Did your health fund cover the hospital fees and some of the anaesthetist fee?
    I don't have private health insurance, hence why I'm always talking about the fees lol but I've reached my Medicare safety net in January after my IVF cycle so I get a lot of my fees back. Dr m's fees have a rebate, anaesthetist was only about $100 with about $30 rebate (not sure if that's before/after safety net) and the rest was hospital fees, no rebate but if your fund covers adori day clinic then you should be ok.

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    Dr M, os an gyno/obgyn
    So very experineced in laps

    I also had a gyno do mine, due to cost... and private insurance hadnt kicked in

    Ive never heard of being charged more....if you have endo though

    Seems quite insane and not fair

    He just isn't known for it
    In this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingc383 View Post
    How interesting.. I was told by medicare that if I reached the safety net, I could only claim a lot more back if it wasn't an in-hospital service. Is it your understanding that you do get a lot more back even if it is an in-hospital service?

    Also, when Dr C does your endo removals does he use laser or corterises the endo? Please let me know.
    Hey I'm not sure about that. I'm yet to sort out my Medicare stuff from the biopsy. But I'm pretty sure I got most of the anaesthetist fees back from my last FET which was "in-hospital" Genea day clinic. I will have to double check.

    Dr c cuts the endo out, I'm not sure how and I wasn't really concerned how because he reassured me that he doesn't just burn it off from the surface like other general gynos do. I trust him when it comes to endo because he's one of the best experts on it and was highly recommended to me by other specialists. I'm pretty sure dr Reid is also an endo specialist and that dr c learnt from him or something like that.

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    Mine was 530 or 600 he sometimes makes calls up to 9 at night.

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    Always later in the dsy

    The earliest one i had was 4pm (now i think of it during daylight savings)

    Which was the 2nd ever snd i was pregnant so worked out well as he had my script to keep my body attacking to me in 10mins post phone call

    All other calls have been pretty close to 530 on the nose
    I've also missed calls and he calls back within 20ish.mins

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    Old poster here. I only flip through pages. Someone is asking about the cost. I did NK cell biopsy which is the same as endo scratch with drM and scope thing (don't remember what it is called) OOP was $650. I was told out front for this oop cost and they didn't even ask about my health fund. I think they might be just too lazy to deal with health fund and that's the fee u pay. I see someone mentioned $450?! But dr M fee has never consistent to me anyway! My priv health covered hospital stay and anaesthetic partially. I asked his finance person to break down the cost but she didn't. So a bill of $650 without any item number.

    Anyway, all other NK cell testing is via blood. Biopsy only tests for cd 56 and cd 57.

    I don't know anything about lap. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingc383 View Post
    Can you test DQ alpha matches and TFN-alpha from a biopsy?
    No, these are done with a blood test and your partner will need to get one too. I think they took 16 vials from me and 7 from my husband, tested for everything under the sun. I'm surprised I was able to walk out of there.
    Nk cells are present in blood and uterus, you need the biopsy for the ones in the uterus and the others with a blood test.

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    I think you hear good things about DrM because this is thread seems to be a dedicated thread for him. People who have bad experiences with DrM don't necessary speak up........ I personally don't have any experience with Dr Sack. However, all IVFA patient whose FS is open to the idea of NK cell uses his protocol. It is a standard protocol that's written in a piece of paper. As for drM, everyone is different. To me, the immune treatment is all trial and error anyway. Some get lucky, some dont'. Yes it is a hassle to work alogn side with drM but I reckon it is important to find a FS who is at your best interest and like to work with you. I got drM second opinion and did intralipid with him before i could do it locally here. However, i went with the standard Bondi protocol for my last round of IVF (the successful round). The protocol wasn't really much different than what DrM had suggested me. I used to stress myself up with every little details about the dosage and timing. During my last round, i decided not to do my head in and stressed out with the two protocols. After all, it is all trials and errors. I went with Bondi protocol for the dosage as the dosage was much more within my comfort zone and continue the intralipid locally. Note, i probably don't have as severe problem like some of the ladies here.

    Good luck. Hope you get your take home baby with the first try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingc383 View Post
    Thank you, darling!! How are you and your gorgeous baby boy??
    We're doing good, been a bit sick but what can you do. Thanks for asking .
    Dr Sacks is the one who came up with the bondi protocol (clexane, progesterone, prednisolone). He doesn't really deviate from that. So I guess it depends on how severe your immune issues are. I had a friend who had success with him. I followed the protocol and unfortunately that ended in a stillbirth. I saw dr s after that and did not have a very good experience. He's a lovely man but was blunt and extremely pessimistic about my chances.
    Considering you don't want to waste time I suggest you stick with dr m and tell him about your worries regarding your age and hopefully he can sort you out sooner rather than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingc383 View Post
    Thank you hun. What were the immune issues they found you had?
    My fs was the one suggested all the immune bt and biopy. She sent me the BT form and I organised the rest. I couldn't find anyone in Perth at the time who believed in NK cell biopsy testing. The gyno can do the scratch but wouldn't send off to Syd for testing so I flew over to have drM did it. On the hindsight, my FS could have just done it for me since I would already be in Sydney.

    Anyway, They didn't find anything really other than the positive slightly elevated ANA and NK cell in blood test. Only drM can interpret the biopsy result because he isn't using standard lab like any other clinics. He said slightly elevated -- compared to what I have seen here, the number is very low. Basically, my FS agreed to do a kitchen sink approach to throw Bondi protocol in and I do intralipid on the side. She suspected (me too) that my unsuccessful rounds were probably due to poor quality embryos rather than immune issue. But I want 100% effort given I did this interstate. I have her to thank for the success. She has never used the same IVF drugs and protocol on me. Very proactive.


 

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