Infertile patients cannot afford to wait for treatment while their eggs get older.
Dr. Sherman Silber, Infertility Center of St. Louis, is offering free video consultations for patients who need to plan now for their treatment while stay-at-home orders are in place. He is talking to and evaluating patients in their home via to comply with social distancing measures.
Dr. Silber is discovering that patients actually prefer this method of telemedicine consultation over the conventional office visit. Patients have conveyed that “it is so much more convenient and less stressful” to have a free telemedicine personal consultation than to take a day off from work to travel to the doctor’s office and sit with other nervous patients in the waiting room.
The COVID-19 pandemic is thus changing much of the way we will do things in the future, and for the better. "Our patients are surprisingly much happier with this approach. Of course, at some point we need to perform hands on treatment. But with this new manner of seeing patients, we can come to the right diagnosis and treatment plan for most patients more efficiently, quickly, and painlessly, with no loss of personal one-on-one communication.” This is a very welcome new era of telemedicine that has been forced on us by the current difficult times.
We are a leading-edge infertility center, one of the most respected in the world.
We specialize in treating very difficult cases of infertility, e.g. where there has been previous failure to fertilize, failure to achieve pregnancy in previous efforts, or failed attempts at vasectomy reversal or IVF. But we are also happy to treat simpler infertility cases, and the patient’s cost, in any event, is relatively low compared to most other IVF programs. Patients fly to our center in St. Louis daily from all over the world and we are quite accustomed to making them feel comfortable here. We are a full-service high-quality fertility clinic located in what has consistently been rated as one of the very best hospitals in America. Our facilities are beautiful and very modern and located in a spectacularly elegant, all green, non-urban location with rolling hills, large estate homes, lakes, and clean fresh air. We are a serious long-standing well-established medical center, NOT a fly-by-night “egg-freezing” small start-up company that is here today and will be gone, or sold, tomorrow.
Our approach is to avoid needless and often expensive conventional testing, as well as outmoded treatments that unfortunately are often used for years until the couple is finally emotionally and financially drained. On the contrary, our policy is to recommend the most effective technology that is most likely to get the patient pregnant the soonest.
Many couples waste years going through many thousands of dollars worth of unnecessary tests that have little scientific validity and do not add any benefit to their treatment plan. They may undergo useless surgery (such as varicocelectomy on the man, or laser vaporization of endometriosis in the woman) that costs time and money, yet has no scientifically validated benefit. This plethora of inappropriate care, and often frank incompetence, is fostered by a commercialism that has unfortunately aggravated the modern infertility epidemic. You therefore must be a fully informed and questioning consumer to benefit from the truly exciting modern technology that now allows most infertile couples to fulfill their dreams and have a baby.
Meet the Doctors of the Infertility Center of St. Louis
Dr. Sherman J. Silber, the director of the Infertility Center of St. Louis, is one of the most well-known infertility doctors in the world, author of ten books and more than 250 scientific papers, and is the longest practicing full-time infertility specialist in the world. Dr. Michael DeRosa has been his partner for more than 21 years and is also a highly respected infertility physician in the St. Louis community.
Dr. Liao is a brilliant reproductive endocrinologist and infertility doctor, trained personally by Dr. Silber who has been now in the United States for 7 years, who speaks cantoneese, mandarin, and native english. In addition to being brilliant, she is extremely friendly and loved by all who know her and is very kind to all of her patients.
Dr. Fan (she is happy to be called “Fanny”) graduated from her university with scores that were number 1 in the entire country of China. She then completed training at Sun Yat Sen Medical school, trained thoroughly as a fertility doctor in IVF and reproductive endocrinology. She is a terrific surgeon and also a great scientist who trained at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Michigan (two of the great science universities in the United States). Most of her training was under the direction of Dr. Silber
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: We treat all types of infertility, in both males and females, simple cases, and also the most complex cases.
PHILOSOPHY OF CARE: We give the highest quality personalized attention, and we employ a very friendly staff. We avoid expensive and unnecessary testing, which just maximizes cost without any benefit for the patient. We proceed promptly with the most cost-effective treatment.
THE FUTURE: We do not view medical care like a factory or a business. Infertility treatment can be expensive and emotionally trying. Therefore we have developed remarkable technical innovations that dramatically reduce cost while maintaining high pregnancy rates, so that couples will be able to afford the highest quality and the most technically demanding treatment. Our extensive research and development allows us to always be on the leading edge of every new advance in infertility treatment.
FREE ADVICE: All initial infertility consultations at the Infertility Center of St. Louis are free of charge. Patients come to our center daily from all over the world.
The IVF Lab
Our IVF laboratory was first started in 1985, making us one of the most experienced in the country. Our IVF embryologists are technically the best in the world and I monitor them very carefully.
We were among the first to do vitrification of eggs and embryos in the United States, one of the first to do Mini-IVF in the U.S., and the first to do ICSI (injecting a sperm into the egg eliminating almost all male infertility challenges) in the U.S., and indeed among the first in the world to perform ovary and egg freezing to preserve fertility for cancer patients.
The Treatment and Operating Room Nurses
Our room for aspirating your eggs and transferring them, is a connected suite with the lab for ensuring the best communication between the IVF lab, the doctors and the nurses.
Our treatment room team of nurses is completely dedicated to IVF. We can deal with the most complicated IVF transfers due to the vast experience of our team, and handle the most difficult infertility surgeries when needed.
The Ultrasonography Team
We have the best team of ultra-sonographers in the country. With our HD 3d ultrasound we can discover everything we need to know about your fertility with one test. This will include a very accurate evaluation ovarian reserve (egg count), your intrauterine lining (endometrium), any uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, and any ovarian cysts or tumors.
That plus your menstrual history and your husband’s sperm count will tell us virtually everything we need to know when we first consult with you. That is how good our ultrasound is.