MizMedi Medical Center (Seoul, South Korea)
To continue to provide the best quality healthcare service to the patients over the next ten years and beyond, MizMedi Medical Center must look ahead, be a leader, and be ready for tomorrow. That's why the center creates a long-term destination for their ever-thriving hospital. It is a hospital of promise and possibilities.
Vision and philosophy serve as the framework for their success and define the attitude and behavior that will be required for all MizMedi employees. It is for achieving sustainable, quality growth in all aspects of providing healthcare service.
Female Infertility Treatment
MizMedi Women's Hospital offers following female infertility treatment programs.
Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation
What is it?
It is a process that the ovaries are stimulated by fertility medication to produce ovulatory follicle(s). It is used to stimulate the ovary to produce 2 mature follicles and each mature follicle has 1 egg.
The goal is to produce 1 mature follicle and restore normal ovulatory function for women with irregular periods. For women with regular periods, it is to super ovulate follicle production and increase pregnancy rates.
How does it work?
Usually, a combination of oral fertility medication (clomiphinecitrate) and injectible fertility hormones (follicle stimulation hormone) are used.
Donor Egg/Sperm Bank Program
What is it?
A donor egg program is a very successful option for building a family because it has higher success rates than IVF cycle using a woman's own egg. Also, for a male whose sperm is not suitable for establishing pregnancy, he may consider using a donation-based sperm program.
How does it work?
Eggs collected by young women will be used in the treatment. Once the donor's eggs reach maturity, an egg retrieval is scheduled. Your partner will provide a sperm on the day of the egg retrieval for insemination.
Sperms donated by a healthy man will be screened and gone through tests beforehand. Only a selected few will be inseminated under an IVF speciliast's inspection. Those who wish to find out more about the sperm program, please send us an e-mail.
When is it used?
Couples use donor sperm when the husband/partner has no sperm or a very poor semen analysis such as azoospermia, oligospermia, or poor motility. Donor sperms may be prepared for use by artificial inseminaiton.
Surrogacy and Gestational Carrier
What is it?
A gestational carrier IVF cycle is a process whereby eggs are harvested from the female (biologic mother), fertilized in the laboratory with her partner’s sperm and transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus or womb. A gestational carrier is not a surrogate, as a surrogate is someone who donates her egg and then carries the child. In other words, there is no biological relation.
How does it work?
Prior to the cycle, the couple and their carrier will undergo medica, psychological and legal counseling. While the carrier uses medications to prepare her uterus, the coulple will initiate their stimulated IVF cycle. With their own eggs and sperm, the embryo will be produced and then transferred into the womb of the carrier.
When is it used?
Indications for choosing gestational carrier IVF are usually disorders of the uterus such as previous hysterectomy and congenital abnormalities of the uterus. Certain medical conditions in the mother may also preclude her from tolerating the physiologic changes and/or may actually threaten her life; these may be treated with gestational surrogacy.Male Infertility Treatment
When it comes to diagnose infertility, the history taking and physical examination is most important along with many other advanced technologies. Many believe that no abnormalities found in semen analysis guarantee normal sperm condition; however, semen analysis is not a sole parameter to represent the reproductive ability of infertility patient. The study shows that one third of patients whose semen analysis was normal turned out to have abnormality at sperm function or sperm DNA fragmentation. At MizMedi, we take utmost care to provide a correct diagnosis via systematic tests. MizMedi offers streamlined tests as follows:
1. History taking and physical examination with a well-trained and fully-experienced urologist to infertility.
2. Computer assisted sperm analysis (CASA)
The semen analysis remains the cornerstone of the laboratory evaluation of the infertile man. To compare different semen samples from the same patient with accuracy, it is important to maintain consistency in the duration of sexual abstinence (48-77 hours) before collection of the specimen. Increases in seminal volume and therefore total sperm count also increased with increased days of abstinence, but motility and morphology tended to be decreased. More than twice semen analysis is needed because there are many changes in results due to patient conditions although same abstinence period.
3. Hormonal test
The purpose of the hormonal evaluation of an infertile male patient is to identify endocrinologic disorders that adversely affect male reproduction and to gain prognostic information. Although male reproductive function is critically dependent on endocrinologic control, less than 3% of infertile men have a primary hormonal etiology. Infertile man with abnormal semen analysis, decreased libido, gynecomastia, blurred vision, headache, testicular atrophy can be suspected of a hormonal abnormality.
4. Antisperm antibody test
Sperm agglutination, decreased sperm motility, abnormal postcoital tests are suggestive of the presence of antisperm antibodies. Antisperm antibodies are detected in approximately 10% of males presenting with infertility of unknown origin. Risk factors for the development of antisperm antibodies include conditions that may disrupt the blood-testis barrier. e.g., ductal obstruction, infection, previous operation, testicular torsion, undescended testis, varicocele.
5. Chromosomal study and Y chromosome microdeletion study
Chromosomal study was conducted to determine the genetic abnormalities associated with male infertility. It is a test of whether there is a structural or numerical chromosomal abnormalities and microdeletion of Y chromosome mainly. It also is carried out to know the cause of infertility and gives information required for genetic counseling prior to artificial reproductive technology to the problem that a genetic abnormality is delivered to their offspring’s.
6. Scrotal ultrasonography
The main application of scrotal ultrasonography in male infertility has been for the diagnosis of varicocele. Scrotal ultrasonography can be useful to man who may be difficult to examine or have an equivocal physical examination. Also it can be applied for subfertile patient to rule out the presence of testicular tumors.
7. Transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS)
TRUS allows for the anatomic visualization of the prostate, seminal vesicles, and ampullary portion of the vas deferens. TRUS is indicated in azoospermic or severe oligoasthenoteratospermic patients with normal testicular biopsy result who are suspected of having ejaculatory duct obstruction.
8. Testicular biopsy
Testicular biopsy is very important to know the exact state of testis in azoospermic or severe oligoasthenoteratospermic patients. There are two types of testicular biopsy. The first is a diagnostic testicular biopsy utilized to differentiate obstructive from nonobstructive causes of azoospermia. The second is a testicular biopsy performed to harvest sperm to be used during IVF. The most commonly employed classification patterns are based on the appearance of spermatogenesis ranging from normal to Sertoli cell-only pattern with maturation arrest and hypospermatogenesis in between.
9. Sperm DNA fragmentation test via comet and halo sperm assay
CLINICS and CENTERS of the MizMedi Medical Center
MizMedi Women’s Hospital carries more than 97% of gynecologic surgeries using laparoscopy. Up until now, they have held laparoscopic surgery symposium for ten times and continue to develop and perform the latest surgical technique through annual overseas training of medical staff. At Gangnam and Gangseo branches, they carry an average of 200 cases per month and 2000 cases per year. Hospitals are treating gynecologic diseases such as myoma uteri, ovarian cyst, endometriosis, pelvic adhesion, ectopic pregnancy and endometrial polyp with laparoscopic surgery instead of traditional "open" surgery.
What is laparoscopic surgery? Laparoscopy is or “minimally invasive” surgery is a specialized technique for performing surgery. It is a placement of a small camera called laparoscope through several 0.5-1cm incisions. Each incision is called a “port” and at each port, a tubular instrument known as a trochar is inserted. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery are as follows:
When is it used?
Gynecological laparoscopy can be used to:
Obstetrics & Gynecology
MizMedi provides treatments for genital infections (vaginitis/pelvic inflammatory), tumoral diseases (ovarian cyst/hysteromyoma/uterine cancer), endocrine diseases (menstrual irregularity/menstrual pain/ovulation failure/uterine hemorrhage), gynecologic cancer, and osteoporosis. Also they provide a streamlined obstetrics & gynecologic service as follows:
They deliver effective and comprehensive care to value your comfort and dignity as a woman.
With professional pediatricians, MizMedi provides cares and treatments in following areas:
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