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Infertile patients cannot afford to wait for treatment while their eggs get older.

Dr. Sherman Silber, Infertility Center of St. Louis, is offering 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 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 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.

Dr. Sherman Silber Visits China to Share Infertility Techniques


Advisory Board’s Dr. Sherman Silber Shares Infertility Techniques in China

Global Thinking – News and Views From the College of Arts & Sciences at Webster University
April 4, 2012

Dr. Silber, center, with Chinese medical colleagues at Sun Yat-sen Medical School.
Dr. Silber, center, with Chinese medical colleagues at Sun Yat-sen Medical School.

Sherman Silber, M.D., a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board and a renowned pioneer in microsurgery and infertility, recently traveled to Guagzhou, China, on the invitation of Chinese medical experts. While in China, he shared his techniques for ovary freezing and transplantation, and led a team of surgeons in performing that country’s first ovarian tissue transplant.

This innovative technology is primarily used to preserve fertility for cancer patients.  The treatment method also provides options for women who want to preserve their fertility in order to put off childbearing until later in life.

During his China trip, Silber also received an honorary degree and full professor faculty position at the prestigious Sun Yat-sen University Medical School.

Silber is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on vasectomy reversal and tubal ligation reversal surgery. He performed the world’s first microsurgical vasectomy reversal, as well as the first testicle transplant and the world’s first ovary transplant. Silber is the author of three medical textbooks, four best-selling books for the layperson, and more than 150 scientific papers on human infertility and reproduction. He appears frequently in the media and was one of four physicians picked to be on the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment study to help infertile couples in the United States.

See Also:

Video: Vitrification of Ovarian Tissue to Preserve Fertility. (7:51 min)

Video: Transplantation of frozen ovarian tissue taken 10 years earlier from a cancer patient. (9:53 min)