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There are many IVF clinics in India now, but very few have a full time embryologist. This is because it takes years of experience to become an expert embryologist - and there just aren't many qualified embryologists around. This article by Dr Saiprasad Gundeti explains why a Full time Embryologist is Better than a travelling Embryologist !
This is a guest article by Saiprasad Gundeti, Head Embryologist, Malpani Infertility Clinic Pvt. Ltd.
An embryologist ? What's that ? And why do I need one ? Doesn't my IVF doctor have all the expertise needed to do IVF for me ?
The truth is that the heart of the IVF clinic is the lab - and the star of the IVF lab is the embryologist. He is the unsung hero of IVF - the person who fertilises your eggs and nurtures your embryos in the lab, so that your doctor can transfer your embryos into your uterus. Sadly, because he works behind the scenes, most patients are completely unwaware of the key role this skilled professional plays in ensuring the success of your IVF treatment.
There are many IVF clinics in India now, but very few have a full time embryologist. This is because it takes years of experience to become an expert embryologist , and there just aren't that many qualified embryologists around.
This is why most IVF clinics in India depend upon the services of travelling embryologists. There are just a handful of them - but they manage to cover clinics all across the length and breadth of the clinic between them. They have very tight travel schedules; and spend about 1-2 days at each clinic, where they perform the lab procedures needed for the IVF treatment cycle; and then move on to their next assignment. Travelling embryologists are very competent and skilled as they inject hundreds of eggs nearly everyday - but a competent full time embryologist is a much more valuable asset to an IVF clinic.
Here are some of the reasons why.
We routinely provide a complete IVF summary with photographs of embryos to our patients . On the other hand, record keeping for IVF cycles is very poor in clinics without a full time embryologist , because of a lack of time. Because of this lack of documentation, when things go wrong you have no way of figuring out what the problem was.
The maintenance of our delicate and high-tech IVF lab equipment (CO2 incubators, microscopes and micromanipulators ) is done by me. I have a much better sense of how to ensure quality control and take care of my equipment as compared to someone who uses this equipment intermittently. Clinics without a full time embryologist will have to depend on technicians or ward boys to take care of the equipment , which may lead to improper functioning when the treatment cycle is tarted.