Keith A Hansen M.D.© http://womens.sanfordhealth.org Sanford Health Fertility and Reproductive Medicine 1500 W. 22nd Street, Suite 102 Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 328-8800
A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. – Edward Teller
Keith A Hansen M.D.©
Sanford Health Fertility and Reproductive Medicine
1500 W. 22nd Street, Suite 102
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986)
Rare Disease Day was observed on February 28, 2011, with the slogan “Rare but equal.” The purpose of having this day dedicated to unusual diseases is to raise awareness of these rare, but in the aggregate, common conditions.
Thirty years ago people suffering from infertility had few treatment options — surgery or hormonal therapy for the woman and varicocoele repair for the man. The birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby, marked a genuine medical breakthrough. Initially, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was used only to treat fallopian tube damage. Since then other associated technologies such as Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Embryo Cryopreservation, Assisted Hatching, Egg Donation, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) have contributed greatly to fertility treatment for male infertility, optimal use of extra embryos, older patients, genetic diseases and other conditions. These technologies collectively became known as Assisted Reproductive Technologies or ART. Newer approaches such as Single Embryo Transfer (SET) are helping to ensure treatment success while reducing complications such as multiple pregnancy. ARC and its network physicians have been leaders in much of the research and clinical progress that has helped bring The Future of Fertility™ to hundreds of thousands of patients.