I am very proud to introduce a new laboratory procedure for male infertility patients called Extended Sperm Search & Microfreeze (ESSM). We acquired this technology from a company in Israel and Maze Laboratories is the only US facility offering this revolutionary process at the time.
What makes the ESSM process timely is the fact that it gives couples new hope of conceiving a baby. If a man previously had a standard semen analysis and no sperm were found in the ejaculate, his only option was to either do a sperm mapping or a micro-TESE – both of which are highly invasive procedures.
However, ESSM is an expanded version of the standard semen analysis, which is a very sophisticated and labor-intensive process of looking for sperm in men who do not have sperm in a traditional semen analysis. ESSM is an additional option to try before implementing more invasive procedures to find sperm for in vitro fertilization using the man’s partner’s eggs.
In this technique, the man’s ejaculate is thrown down, isolated in microdroplets, and each droplet is then assessed under a special high-performance microscope. Found sperm are transferred with a micromanipulator to a special freezer, with which they can be easily found after thawing. This process has achieved a high rate of success in maintaining sperm viability.
While this procedure is brand new, we have already successfully found sperm in half of our azoospermia patients who have used ESSM, and all of them are now performing in vitro fertilization.
The men who are candidates for this should have a specialist assessment to make sure there is no reversible cause of their azoospermia or that the reason they did not have semen in their ejaculate is because they are not getting it can, although they manufacture it there.
This procedure is specially designed for men who produce so little sperm that none of them can be seen in the ejaculate via a standard semen analysis.
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