Apollo Fertility Centre: Where life begins
1 year – 10 babies – 100 pregnancies
Apollo Fertility Centre: Where life begins…
“Miracles do happen” might appear to be cliché term, but at Apollo Fertility Centre at The Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, it is the essence of what happens every day. The Apollo Fertility Centre celebrates one year of establishment on September 23rd and has much to be proud of – the centre has already given hope to many with a milestone achievement of a total of 110 successful IVF pregnancies and 10 precious bundles of joy born within their first year itself!
The Apollo Fertility Centre was established in September last year and has since then made themselves the benchmark in the In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) field through the revolutionary methodologies used at the centre. The month of May saw the birth of the centre’s first IVF baby boy - a “little blessing” to be born at the hospital, who was aided by the fertility centre. Simultaneously, the centre has seen many more such breakthroughs in fertility treatment, ranging from successful IVF pregnancies of women who have endometriosis, distorted tubes, fibroids and other such complications - even to those who have had ectopic pregnancies where both fallopian tubes were removed. Successful treatments have also included cases where the male has lower sperm counts – as low as less than 1 million (average sperm count is usually 20 million per milliliter). Now as the centre progresses towards their second year, every month sees two to three babies being born - following the excitement of the first baby boy, then twins in June and this month the first baby girl to be born at the hospital. (Please add picture Gift.jpg – Picture shows Lakith Peiris, CEO of Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC together with the Branch Manager Mr. Salgado (far left) gifting AFC’s first baby girl Nadini Senarathne with a savings account courtesy of Bank of Ceylon, and a baby trolley in view of AFC’s first year anniversary).
The centre consists of a team of highly skilled and specialized doctors, gynecologists, embryologists, endocrinologist, urologists and radiologists who conduct comprehensive diagnostics to identify fertility problems and their root causes, with emphasis on non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures. The team, headed by the two gynecologists – Dr. Nishendra Karunaratne and Dr. Sudeera Uduwela, together with in-house medical doctor and embryologist Dr. Madara Ralapanawe – the only Sri-Lankan doctor to have a post graduate masters degree in Clinical Embryology, carries out many different procedures, some more advanced than others but all focused on being the least invasive. Dr. Madara and the rest of the team, supported by their highly skilled nursing and technical teams, are driven to maintain the international standard of 35-40% for successful IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) and ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection treatments) which they’ve achieved thus far, whilst also working towards the goal of increasing their success rate to a magnitude of 50% in the near future, which only a few places in the world has yet achieved.
around the centre, it is very easy to see why many opt to undergo the procedure
at the Apollo Fertility Centre. Created on the concept ‘where life begins’ the
Fertility Centre embraces a warm, friendly ‘home-like’ atmosphere. A far cry
indeed from the cold, clinical approach generally found. The treatment rooms
emulate an environment as homely and as comfortable as possible and the
treatments themselves are conducted to suit the natural time cycles of a
patient. Even the centre’s color scheme of green and gold is specially chosen
to symbolize fertility and prosperity and every effort has been made to make
the centre a family-friendly space, where patients are welcome to bring family
members or other offspring along. The state-of-the-art facilities offered
include an IVF laboratory, freezing/storage facilities for embryos, ultrasound
facility, operating suite for egg collection, private sperm collection rooms,
private consultation rooms and a counseling room – all as result of an investment
of Rs. 30 million which was made for the development of the IVF laboratory. The
facility includes all state-of-the-art equipment from
quality of the service at the centre coupled with the cost at which it’s
provided has attracted many international couples from the United Kingdom,
Canada, the United States of America, Maldives and the Middle East in the hopes
of starting a family – which, including local patients adds up to at least 45 –
50 patients a month, stresses Dr. Madara.
Affordability, according to him, has been recognized as a critical factor which
plays a significant role in the couples’ decision. Therefore though the cost of
the procedure is comparatively low - as low as 150,000, payments can also be
made in installments over the course of the procedure – a strategy which goes
in line with The Lanka Hospitals Corporation’s main vision of providing quality
healthcare at an affordable price. The procedures
cover Natural cycle IVF, Intermediate IVF cycle and Controlled Ovarian Hyper-
stimulation IVF cycle – with prices ranging to suit patients according to
their clinical condition and the procedure adopted. He further
highlights that they understand that patients travel from out of
Dr. Madara further stresses that they do not use the batch method of IVF cycle patients at the same time as done in most hospitals but instead follows the cycle of each individual patient, thus continuing the fertility cycle throughout 365 days of the year and also reducing the risk of any impact on the patient’s body. “We do IVF cycles everyday, therefore we do not manipulate the normal or natural cycles. We have even had requests for auspicious timings for embryo transfers” he stated.
The Fertility centre at The Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC is just the beginning of the medical journey. Once conception has been achieved at the fertility centre, teams of professional highly skilled gynecologists are ready to step in to ensure the welfare of both the mother and child at the birthing centre. The well-equipped neo-natal centre and emergency unit available at the hospital ensures nothing but the best for the mother and her new little bundle! That innovation in healthcare has been the reason behindThe Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC’s success combined with quality medical professionals and quality healthcare while continuously improving their quality standards and ensuring that all of this is affordable to a larger segment of society.
“We invite all gynecologists in Sri Lanka to make use of this great opportunity in giving their patients the opportunity to be treated at the Apollo Fertility Center with world class facilities at affordable costs,” said Dr. Ralapanawe whose ‘baby’ is the Fertility Centre that is on track to medically assist sub-fertile couples achieve their dream of having a baby.
Apollo Fertility Centre is located on the 3rd Floor at
Apollo Hospitals Colombo.
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