Oocyte retrieval is the removal of eggs from the ovary. A transvaginal ultrasound probe is used to visualize the ovaries and the egg-containing follicles within the ovaries. A long needle, which can be seen on ultrasound, can be guided into each follicle and the contents aspirated. The aspirated material includes follicular fluid, oocytes (eggs) and granulosa (egg-supporting) cells. Rarely the ovaries are not accessible by the transvaginal route and laparoscopy or transabdominal retrieval is necessary. These procedures and risks will be discussed with you by your doctor if applicable.
IVF centers throughout the United States performs this procedure under general anesthesia or IV deep sedation. The use of anesthesia during the egg retrieval can produce unintended complications such as an allergic reaction, low blood pressure, nausea or vomiting. Patient will have to take the day off from work to recover and adult company has to be present to be released from the center.
However, at Hanabusa IVF’s San Diego fertility clinic you will not have to take a day off or call out sick from your work on the day of your egg retrieval procedure. Since there are few follicles to aspirate during the procedure there is no need to use IV sedation with an anesthesiologist like at other IVF centers. We use gentle protocols and the smallest needles possible to make your retrieval procedure as minimally invasive and maximally comfortable as possible.
Our San Diego fertility experts also pride themselves in being able to make the egg retrieval process so easy for the patient that there is typically little or no recovery time. You can walk away from our fertility center, minutes after your retrieval, comfortable, confident, and ready to get on with your day.
Additional benefits of our safe, quick egg retrieval procedure:
We expect all of our retrieval procedures to be quick, easy, and successful.
Hanabusa IVF’s special egg collection needles are only 20 or 21 gauge (pictured on the right), which is about half in thickness used at other IVF centers (pictured on the left). The specially designed and manufactured blade at the tip helps minimize tissue damage. This very fine needle causes minimal pain and no bleeding complications.