ICSI Los Angeles Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
DR. MICHAEL VERMESH: ICSI or IntraCytoplasmicSperm Injection is a process whereby a single sperm at the zone is gently inserted intoa woman's egg under the microscope using a micromanipulator, which is a device that hasbeen in existence for a very short period of time, and exemplifies the high level ofexpertise required by the laboratory staff. The process of ICSI or IntraCytoplasmic SpermInjection involves micromanipulation using very advanced equipment that has only beenaround for the past 20 years. This is one of the finest methods of in medicine andrequires a great deal of expertise on the part of a person in the lab called Embryologist.We are able to take very few sperm from men,
including aspirating sperm from their testiclesif they are unable to produce the sperm naturally or if they had undergone vasectomy in thepast and therefore don't have any sperm. We are able to remove sperm from the testicleand then go on and inject it into the woman's eggs and that will result in very high successrate, including high fertilization and high pregnancy rate at least similar to what onewould achieve through the natural IVF. For men who had undergone vasectomy the optionof reversal of vasectomy still exists, however, removal of the sperm from the testicle andinsertion into the egg has resulted in higher success rate and more expedient achievementof pregnancy than reversal of vasectomy.
ICSI has become a standard, rather than anexception. Most invitro fertilization procedures these days are performed with the aid of ICSI.We have come to realize that inserting the sperm into the egg allows higher fertilizationrate than natural fertilization.