At Newlife, we are proud to have assembled some of the highly respected and internationally recognised team of doctors.
Each individual brings a particular expertise which will enhance your chances of having a successful outcome in your proposed treatment.
At Newlife we provide a full spectrum of services addressing women's health concerns and therapies as well as a Well-Man dedicated service.
Mr Amin Gafar (MD FRCOG) is the Medical Director of The Newlife Fertility Clinic.
Following training in general obstetrics and gynaecology in UK hospitals, Mr Gafar achieved membership and fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He developed a particular interest in fertility and assisted reproduction techniques and so joined the Lister Fertility Clinic, London in 1994. Here, Mr Gafar acquired wide experience in the field, including reproductive laparoscopic surgery, and eventually took the senior role of Deputy Director, a post he held until 2005.
In 2006 Mr Gafar joined The Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre (ARGC) in London as Deputy Director, which allowed him to increase his experience in the advanced fields of reproductive immunology, repeated IVF failures and recurrent pregnancy loss following IVF. Mr Gafar has always stayed at the forefront as a fertility expert, by updating his knowledge and staying in touch with the latest advances in this fast developing field.
His work has been published many times in international medical journals and he regularly attends international conferences and workshops to keep abreast of global advances. Mr Gafar’s diverse background, coupled with almost 20 years’ experience in the fertility field, have helped him to develop empathetic approaches to patients from many different backgrounds, and though greater understanding and effective management of their needs and expectations he helps them to achieve their ultimate goal in a more relaxed environment.
His success rates speak for themselves, with a clinical pregnancy rate of 62.5% in women under 35 years old, being double the UK average of 31.7% for women under 35
Mr Stephen Gordon
Consultant Urological Surgeon & Male Fertility Specialist
Tel: 01372 738 932
Fax: 01372 738 948
Mr Gordon works as an Urologist with a special interest in Male Infertility and Sexual Function. His research has involved the use of serum markers and ultrasound techniques in the diagnosis of male factor infertility.
Mr Gordon works alongside gynaecologists treating female partners and runs a specific male fertility clinic seeing men from throughout Surrey, Sussex and London.
As part of this role, Mr Gordon will commonly see men in his clinic - often with their partners - to assess the reasons behind any infertility. As an Urologist, he is also able to deal with any urinary or genital problems such as prostate, penile or testicular disease that may also be present as well as concerns relating to erectile and ejaculatory function.
Working closely with his gynaecology colleagues he can best advise what fertility treatment options may be available taking into account both partners. He offers all surgical and minimally invasive options for treatment of male factor infertility including vasectomy reversal and micosurgical sperm retrieval (mTESE).
Treating male patients with fertility concerns as an Urologist allows new and innovative practices to be introduced whilst understanding the impact on a man's general health and wellbeing. He advises the South West London Cancer Network regarding fertility and the effects of cancer treatment and is currently developing further the services available to men locally regarding male infertility.
Mr Michael Katesmark is the lead clinician for gynaecological cancer and cancer screening, and lead clinician for colposcopy at Epsom Hospital. He is also clinical lead for gynaecological minimal access surgery, with a special interest in heavy periods and alternatives to hysterectomy.
Tel: 01372 738 932
Fax: 01372 738 948
B B(Chir), Cambridge University 1984
MA Cambridge University 1985
- Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1989
- Member Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1992
- Fellow Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2006
- Member Epsom Medical society 1997
There is no limit to the number of treatment cycles a patient may have, but as well as offering you every viable opportunity we will always be honest and open with you about your likely chances of success.
If, unfortunately, a patient has an unsuccessful cycle, they are offered a free consultation within six weeks of the cycle to review the treatment already received, consider any changes required, and to discuss realistic expectations of future treatment cycles.
Many of our patients come to us after several failed cycles at previous clinics and go on to achieve success, thanks to the innovative techniques and treatments and the quality of care offered at Newlife.
At Newlife clinic we pride ourselves on the fact that every patient is treated as an individual case and their treatment plan is formulated accordingly, to maximise their chance of success.
Usually, the first phase is concerned with a set of tests and treatments culminating in the egg collection at Day 12-14.
The egg collection procedure requires only light sedation, not as strong as a general anaesthetic, however you will probably not be aware of the procedure taking place. You can expect to be at the clinic for about four hours and will need someone to take you home afterwards.
A fertilisation check is made the next morning and the resulting embryos are carefully cultured. On Day 13-18 the embryos are transferred back into the uterus using a simple procedure, which feels similar to a cervical smear test.
Day 31 Pregnancy testing (usually 15 days after egg collection) is carried out via a blood test.
What is endometrial scratching?
Endometrial scratching is an outpatient procedure, which is relatively painless (i.e. comparable to a cervical smear test). The procedure involves ‘scratching’ the endometrial lining of the womb with a very small catheter (plastic tube) prior to an attempt to get pregnant.
How does the procedure help with implantation?
An embryo must successfully attach itself to the wall of the womb for pregnancy to begin. Embryo implantation into the womb may fail due to poor embryo quality or abnormal embryo genetics. It can also often fail due to poor ‘endometrial receptivity’. This is where the lining of the womb is not favourable for the embryo to implant. The idea behind endometrial scratching it is that it causes a reaction in the endometrium with the release of certain inflammatory substances, which make the endometrium more receptive to an implanting embryo.
Recent studies have suggested that the endometrial scratch may improve implantation rates in patients who have had multiple failed IVF cycles despite good quality embryos, with significantly higher implantation, pregnancy and, most importantly, live birth rates following the technique.
A Cochrane review, (considered to be the highest level of research by the medical profession), published in 2012, summarised the currently available evidence on the subject and suggested that the procedure doubled the chances of pregnancy and live birth after IVF treatment. The review, which was led by Mr Raine-Fenning, did stress that evidence of benefit was restricted to women who had undergone previous, unsuccessful IVF or ICSI cycles and that more work was required.
Endometrial Scratching is available at NewLife for those patients for whom it is clinically recommended.
We received very sensitive and sympathetic care throughout our treatment and we do not feel you need to change anything as it’s impossible to improve on perfection.
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Free Monthly Information Open Evenings
Patient Information Open Evening
An opportunity to meet key members of our team, speak to our specialists and visit our state of the art facilities.
Venue: Lotus Lounge
Date: Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Places are limited. Please call to book 01372 738932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further dates, please see our Events section.
Surrey Fertility Friends
Are you experiencing difficulty conceiving? Would you like to meet and talk to others who understand? The meeting is open to all those experiencing difficulty with conceiving or undergoing fertility treatment; you do not need to be a patient at Newlife Fertility Clinic. Come along and join us!