IOLIFE Clinic Athens - Dr. Garavelas A.

Address:

Kifisias Ave. 37-39, Marousi

15123 Athens

Greece

 

 

About Us

 

In Vitro Fertilization Life Institute Center

 

The Life Institute is one of the largest and most advanced Reproduction Centers in Europe. Created in "IASO", the Gynecological and Obstetric Clinic in Athens, Greece. We use the most advanced technology applying innovative cures and techniques. Through superior operating models we offer security to couples who visit us.

 

Our doctors follow the European standards of care and intervention standards. The Scientific Coordinator of the center is Dr. Garavelas Athanasios, MD, MSc, MMSC, PhD. Doctor and the team will provide the best quality of medical care.

Doctor has a II level master on the pathology of pregnancy and II level Master on Reproductive and Regenerative Medicine.

 

Our center is synonymous for the innovation, research and adoption of the latest generation of reproduction technology. Our vision is that our center is recognized as a Center of Excellence for Assisted Reproduction in Greece and throughout Europe.

 

Our center is following the certified international standards of operation, manages to have all the conditions to be the first choice of infertile couples in Greece and abroad, who want to become parents.

 

Our advantages are also realistic orientation, psychological support, together with the most advanced medical procedures that guarantee particularly high success rates.

 

The fundamental value for us is our commitment to always provide the objective image of the situation to each couple and to take the appropriate decision on the treatment plan together. In this way we can guarantee individual assistance for every couple that addresses our center, according to different medical needs.

 

Understanding the specific needs of couples who come to us, allows us to always provide assistance and immediate attention to be their companions in this unique "journey".

 

The Clinic

 

Last generation laboratory

 

In collaboration with Embryo Tools, the association of IVF laboratories and high quality insurance and the contribution of Dr. Gloria Calderon and Nuno Costa - Borges, we have created an exemplary department in maternity hospital installations.

Dr. Gloria Calderon, Laboratory Delegate and Chief Internal Scientific Consultant of the world's largest IVF center "IVI" is one of the best embryologists in the world, while Nuno Costa - Borges is a pioneer in the development of laboratory techniques with long career in Europe.

 

Group of Best Scientists

 

We have assembled a group of the best scientists in assisted reproduction. Our Doctors are educated / specialized and certified in states such as England (MRCOG), Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France and the United States (Certificate from the Board), which can deal with the most difficult cases and communicate with the international patients in their mother tongue. Our embryologists are internationally educated, certified by ESHRE, have extensive experience and are only satisfied with excellent embryological results.

 

Safety

 

Our patients need to feel that they are in a safe environment. Located in the IASO facilities, the largest maternity hospital in Greece and one of the largest in Europe, our center gives our patients a sense of security, knowing that a total spectrum of medical services are available to them, 24/7, if it will be necessary.

Even the rare case of a complication can be treated with an appropriate style, something that can not happen in non-hospital complexes.

 

Insurance

 

We are one of the few complexes in Europe that bought the RI witness system. This system uses RFID technology to track and record patient records. In this way the possibility of human error in IVF laboratories is eliminated. Our patients can be reassured that everything possible is done to achieve maximum insurance in care.

 

Everything in the laboratory is under the constant surveillance of OCTAX Log & GuardTM, the first surveillance and alarm system, specially designed to cover all the needs of assisted reproduction. In this way we can be sure that the laboratory conditions are excellent all the time and that every problem can be immediately identified and solved.

 

Certified quality

 

We are the only ART unit in Greece that has achieved the Temos certification status. A neutral and independent certification body based in Germany, which certifies the medical facilities as competent and qualified for the treatment of international patients. It focuses on medical tourism and helps patients seeking treatment abroad to make the right choice. Our unit meets the ISO 9001 standards for quality and safety.

 

Excellent results

 

Our results are excellent. We are continuously much above average, certified and announced on our site.

 

Personal care

 

This is the best heritage of the Institute of Life. We do not want the couple to feel like just another case number. Each couple is assisted by a fertility specialist in each visit, from the initial consultation to pregnancy. Having the same doctor who follows the couple on each visit and being there in every step of the process develops a great and rewarding relationship. All patients can have direct access to our doctors. Our team of doctors, nurses and all staff are proud to offer the  personal care our patients deserve.

 

Treatments

 

EGG DONATION

Brand new clinic with cutting-edge technologies oriented exclusively to foreign patients

*Doctor and embryologist with international experience and skills use the most modern technology.

*67% of clinical pregnancies confirmed in 2015

 

Stay in Athens for only 1 day

*customized therapeutic planes tailored to your needs.

*Unbeatable guarantees, including the minimum of 7 mature healthy oocytes and 2 embryos ready for transfer.

*Our database consists of young, extensively analyzed and healthy donors, compatible with your characteristics.

*We can search donors and donors in our database to find a best choice for you within 24 hours of your request.

*The donors are not shared. The donor is exclusive.

 

IOLIFE Assisted Reproduction Clinic is located in Athens and specializes in helping patients with fertility problems from abroad.

 

The price includes:

 

*Monitoring and consultations with doctors

*Selection of donors, analysis of donors, their compensation and drugs

*Ultrasound during the treatment

*Fertilization with the ICSI method

*Prolonged embryo culture up to the blastocyst stage

 

Optional costs:

 

*Vitrification (high speed freezing)

*Collection and freezing of the seminal fluid

*Any decongelations and transfers after the first, for cryopreserved embryos - by attempt

 

warranties:

 

*Selection of the donor compatible with the recipient according to your requirements (height, weight, eye color, hair color, blood type).

*We guarantee 7 mature oocytes and two healthy embryos for the transfer in the case of normozoospermia without serious diseases.

*In case the donor does not produce enough oocytes, we will give you a new treatment with a new donor without any additional cost

 

The first visit to the IOLIFE clinic in Athens, Greece

 

Preferably complete all the analyzes and then send us the results by email.

It is also possible to complete them at the IOLIFE clinic on the day of your first visit.

 

You will see our structure and meet personally Dr. Athanasios Garavelas, the doctor, who will follow you during the initial consultation and will take care of you during the whole treatment of egg donation.

 

In general we can offer an initial consultation in clinic within a week, and for your convenience, we offer these appointments from Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

You can come here to Athens, have a consultations and return home the same day.

 

During the first interview you can perform all the analyzes necessary for treatment, consultation with the doctor and freezing of the seminal fluid. The price of the first interview is 100 euros and will be returned once you decide to go ahead with the egg donation program at our clinic.

 

Alternatively, you may start the treatment without being absolutely necessary to make an appointment for the first visit in Athens. You complete the medical questionnaire, send us via e-mail all the required analysis and the doctor will provide you the appropriate protocol to follow.

 

The preparation begins on the 2nd day of the menstrual cycle. After about 10 days from the beginning of the preparation, it is necessary to visit your doctor to make an ultrasound in order to check the thickness of the endometrium, or you can also get to Athens and visit our clinic to perform this ultrasound from us .

 

Around the 12th day of the preparation the donor's oocytes will be collected under general anesthesia. On the same day, a sperm sample will be collected for fertilization (in case you have not left the semen to be frozen on the day of the first visit or if you will not use seed from the donor). Embryo culture lasts between 3-5 days and it is possible to talk every day with the embryologist to know how many embryos there is and what is happening with their development.

 

Around the 15th - 17th day from the beginning of the preparation the embryo will be transferred. At the moment we transfer 1-2 embryos. The quantity of embryos to be transferred will be discussed and decided with the patient, doctor and embryologist. Unused and healthy embryos can be frozen and used later if the first attempt has not been successful.

 

15 days after the embryo transfer, the pregnancy test will take place.

 

Duration of your stay in Athens will be about 3 days if you wish to use frozen semen from the day of your first visit and undergo an ultrasound on the 10th day of home preparation by sending us the results by email. Better is arriving one day before the embryo's transfer.

 

Your total stay in Athens is about 7 days if you do the ultrasound on the 10th day of home preparation and send us the results by email. You will arrive one day before the oocyte retrieval to leave the sample of fresh semen.

 

Your total stay in Athens is about 10 days if you want to perform an ultrasound on the 10th day of preparation here in the clinic. In that you arrive at the clinic on the day of the ultrasound.

 

The stay of the male partner in Athens can be reduced to just one or two days.

 

Donations in Greece are anonymous. We do not have a short waiting time to find the right donor. Our donors are mostly made up of university students. At our center, all donors must undergo blood tests for sexually transmitted diseases and examinations for genetic defects in order to ensure safety for you and your child. You can choose the color of the eyes, hair, body weight, height and blood type of the donor. Our program is based on the "one-to-one" principle of matching, which means that a donor is assigned to each recipient and all oocytes from the donor are available only for you.

 

Analysis for the patient - woman: blood group and Rh factor

Blood Test for STDs ( hepatitis B and C, HIV, Syphilis ), CMV IgG/IgM, Rubella IgG/IgM, Toxoplasmosis IgG/IgM

It can be performed at our clinic at any time, mandatory exam

Ultrasound of the uterus and fallopian tubes

In case you come for an initial consultation this exam is included in the price of the program (in case of online consultation it is necessary to send us a scan of the exam via email before starting the treatment

 

Analysis for the patient - man:

Blood test for STDs (hepatitis B and C, HIV and syphilis) and spermiogram

Cystic fibrosis

Everything can be performed at our clinic at any time, mandatory exams

We advise you to undergo all these tests recommended in your country.

 

We can provide all the analyzes here in Greece and it will take a couple of days to complete them. Please pay the deposit in advance by bank transfer / cash at the time you confirm the treatment (the deposit covers the cost of drugs for the stimulation of the donor). The remaining amount must be paid  the date of the embryo transfer (we accept cash, credit cards, or bank transfer).

 

Percentages of Success

 

Thanks to our cutting-edge technologies we achieve success rate of 80% for egg donation.

 

Ovarian rejuvenation therapy

 

Ovarian rejuvenation is a procedure that can create new eggs in the ovaries of women who are unable to conceive due to early menopause, advanced maternal age or low ovarian reserve, but who wish to have their own biological child.

These individuals are able or not, for their personal reasons, to use the eggs of the donor or to adopt a child. New eggs do not develop in the ovaries under normal circumstances, and according to the current scientific understanding of ovarian physiology, a woman is born with all the eggs that will be available for conception during her reproductive life. Furthermore, it is a scientifically indisputable fact that the supply of a woman of eggs decreases in number and genetic quality as the age progresses.

 

How can ovarian rejuvenation happen?

 

The scientific basis of this clinical case of successful ovarian rejuvenation is more likely than the blood cells of patients, who were injected into the ovaries, produced substances called growth factors, which the body produces normally, in order to heal the lesions internal and external. Among the many other important biological and immunological functions, growth factors cause the growth of new blood vessels, connective and nervous tissues by the activation of stem cells that are normally found in all parts of the human body. Stem cells can, under the correct biological stimulus, transform into any type of cell in the human body, including eggs. The presence of stem cells in the ovaries and their transformation into mature oocytes (egg cells) has been demonstrated in mice by Harvard researchers. Stem cells have also been shown to be present in human ovaries, so it is quite possible that they can be transformed into eggs by growth factors contained in their own white blood cells of individuals  that were injected into the ovary. Growth factor injections, when used for many other types of medical treatments, consist of the patient's blood and blood cells and is called PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or PDGF (Platelet Derived Growth Factors).

 

What are the growth factors, how do they work and are they safe?

 

Growth factors are naturally produced by some blood cells (platelets and white blood cells) when the body is injured in order to naturally repair the body's tissues. Remember in your childhood, "skinning" your knee and seeing a thick yellow substance form over the injured area? That was actually a combination of platelets, white blood cells, blood coagulation and growth factors that stop bleeding, prevent infection, and eventually cause new skin formation, blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves to replace those that were lost due to the injury.

 

PRP injections have been used clinically for many years by physicians for the treatment of soft tissue and connective tissue injuries, as well as in bone grafts. Many professional athletes use this therapy to accelerate the healing of their sports-related injuries. PRPs are also used in burned patients to help skin transplants and after cardiac surgery to aid healing of chest wall incisions.

The current clinical use of PRP is very broad, from the treatment of ulcers to non-surgical facelifts.

 

Of course there are research studies that both confirm and deny the effectiveness of PRP therapy in its multiple medical uses.

 

One thing about PRP therapy that has not been questioned is its safety. Since it is made up of a person's blood, there can be no transmission via blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis or HIV, as has been reported with the use of other people's blood products. Furthermore, since there are no synthetic chemicals involved and the PRP therapy is done from its own blood products of the patients; the possibility of an allergic reaction is extremely unlikely.

 

How is the ovarian rejuvenation procedure performed?

 

The process of ovarian rejuvenation involves two phases. The first is the preparation of your PRP. This begins with the insertion of a needle into the vein to obtain different tubes of blood. White blood cells and platelets are separated from red blood cells and serum by a procedure called centrifugation. Preparation of the PRP takes less than an hour. The next part of the ovarian rejuvenation process is the injection of PRP into the ovaries. The main difference in our study and the technique described in the case study is that we use a non-surgical approach for ovarian injections.

 

The follow-up procedure

 

In order to monitor whether the procedure has regenerated new eggs in the ovaries, AMH (anti-muller hormone), FSH, LH and estradiol levels are measured at monthly intervals in women who do not menstruate, and during menstrual flow in menstruating women for a period of three months.

If AMH levels increase, while FSH, LH, and estradiol levels become lower, there is evidence of objective evidence of ovarian rejuvenation.

 

Blood follow-up studies can be performed at our clinic or at a local blood sampling station. Participants are required to report the occurrence of spontaneous periods in menopausal women or the modification of menstrual patterns in those participants who have menstrual cycles.

Any signs or evidence that pregnancy has occurred should be reported immediately.

 

For those women living in remote areas or abroad, we will provide instructions and advice on follow-up, monitoring of pregnancy and care. It is important to remember that any therapeutic effect of growth factors may require 3-6 months to be observed, since any type of tissue transformation will not be immediately apparent. Although ovarian rejuvenation is observed, pregnancy may not necessarily occur, as there may be other factors that could interfere with natural conception. Furthermore, the evidence of ovarian rejuvenation occurs, the patency of the tubes should be confirmed and the male partner must be re-evaluated with a sperm test and a post-coital test. If these tests show that natural conception is unlikely, we will advise the appropriate treatment.

 

IVF

 

In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer, better known as in vitro fertilization, is one of the most widely used assisted fertilization techniques, thanks to its effectiveness. The IVF was developed by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards in the United Kingdom, the latter recognized the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2010.

 

The technique is indicated in case of tubal occlusion, seminal pathology, failure of the simplest techniques. According to the IOLIFE experience, gained mainly with Greek and International patients, the success rates of IVF are 54% per cycle. Much depends, however, on the causes of infertility, the patient's age, the values of the partner's seminal fluid.

 

*STIMULATION TO OBTAIN OVA

Through subcutaneous injections, follicles containing oocytes are induced. The patient's ovarian response is monitored with ultrasound and blood samples to evaluate the number and quality of the follicles.

 

*COLLECTION OF OVA

The eggs are collected through a small operation made under sedation, without any pain. In a few hours, the patient exceeds the post-operative phase.

 

*IN VITRO FERTILIZATION

The recovered oocytes are cultured with the partner's sperm, thawed and prepared for fertilization. After about 20 hours the development of the zygotes (pre-embryonic phase) is ascertained. The zygotes destined to be transferred into the uterus are left in cultivation another 24-48 hours, becoming real embryos. The average fertilization rate is about 70%.

 

*EMBRYO TRANSFER

The embryos are transferred into the uterine cavity, with the use of a thin catheter. The operation is quick, painless and the hospital stay lasts a few minutes. IOLIFE recommends the transfer of two embryos, to reduce the risk of multiple pregnancies, and to avoid excessive efforts in the next 3-4 days

 

What's included

 

   *Monitoring and consultations with doctors

   *Ultrasounds during treatment

   *Collection of oocytes under total anesthesia

   *Fertilization with the ICSI method

   *Prolonged embryo culture at the blastocyst stage

   *Transfer of 1-2 fresh embryos

 

What is not included

 

   *Diagnostic tests for the couple before treatment

   *Any additional specialist analyzes requested by the doctor

   *Medicines used during stimulation

   *Possible cryopreservation of the sperm

   *Possible pregnancy checks

   *Frozen Embryo Thawing and subsequent transfers

 

Optional costs:

 

   *Vitrification (high speed freezing)

 

Guarantees:

 

   *In case you get the oocyte collection and no oocyte is taken, we will refund you 500 EUR. Any purchased medication is non-refundable.

 

Procedures

 

First visit to the clinic in Athens, Greece.

 

The first step is to undergo all the required analyzes of you and your partner before treatment.

During the first visit, an individual stimulation protocol will be determined by our expert doctor. The nurse will explain to you how to use the drugs and sign the declaration regarding the treatment. The semen can be collected and frozen so that it is not necessary for your partner to return to Athens again.

The price of the first interview is 100 euros in Athens. The sum will be refunded once you decide to go ahead with the IVF program at our clinic.

 

Alternatively, you may start the treatment without being absolutely necessary to make an appointment for the first visit in Athens. You complete the medical questionnaire, send us via e-mail all the required analysis and the doctor will provide you the appropriate protocol to follow.

 

After confirmation of the treatment you pay the deposit where it is included: the therapeutic plan, the first personal consultation, assistance of the doctor, all communication with the coordinator, in case of stimulation in Athens all the monitoring in the clinic, administration.  The remaining amount must be paid  the date of the embryo transfer (we accept cash, credit cards, or bank transfer).

 

The stimulation of the ovary starts on the 2nd day of the menstrual cycle and lasts about 12 days. During this time you will have to do an ultrasound (on the 5th and 8th day), in order to determine if the dosage of the drugs is optimal for you.

 

Around the 12th day of the stimulation the oocyte retrieval will take place under general anesthesia. On the same day a sample of the semen will be collected for fertilization (in case you did not freeze the liquid during the first visit or if donor sperm is used).

 

The embryo culture lasts between 3-5 days and it is possible to talk with the embryologist every day to know how many embryos there are and what is happening with the development.

 

Around the 15th - 17th day from the beginning of the stimulation the embryo will be transferred.

At the moment we transfer 1-2 embryos

 

The quantity of embryos to be transferred will be discussed and decided with the patient, doctor and embryologist. Unused and healthy embryos can be frozen and used later if the first attempt has not been successful.

 

15 days after the embryo transfer, the pregnancy test will take place. If the pregnancy test is positive, please continue to take the prescribed medications until the 12th week of pregnancy. If the pregnancy test is negative,you should consult Dr. Athanasios Garavelas for the medication.

 

Every therapy is personalized and this is why we achieve such a high success rate in fertility treatments

 

Percentages of Success

Success rate for IVF - 54%

 

 

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