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April 8th, 2011, 12:03 PM
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I know I'm jumping on this early, but I know my peri is going to push a CVS this time so I want to be prepared. I've read everything I can find, but would love some real life experiences with it.
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April 8th, 2011, 12:18 PM
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Can't help you, we declined every invasive procedure. We only did the u/s and blood work. HUGS
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April 8th, 2011, 12:43 PM
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I never had one, only a blood test.
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April 8th, 2011, 03:21 PM
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Never had it done sorry.
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April 8th, 2011, 03:40 PM
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I know nothing about it either. Sorry!
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April 8th, 2011, 04:06 PM
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Hi Sam, I'm normally just a lurker here in PAL but did just have a very good experience with a CVS so thought I'd share. I posted all about it in the October 11 DDC so you can search for that thread if you want, but briefly, I can tell you...

We traveled to a specific specialist for my CVS. We chose CVS because we wanted early results, I am older (39) and I knew I would not be able to handle getting horrible news at the 20 week scan or having a late loss. While our son's death had nothing to do with chromosomes, I knew I couldn't live with the anxiety of not knowing definitive results through this pregnancy. (We found out with my son that he had a soft marker for chromosomal issues at the 20 week scan, and while he actually didn't have any chromosomal issues, his death was indirectly caused by that soft marker...)

But I'm getting off the subject! Our CVS, like I said, was scheduled with a HIGHLY skilled doctor at a nearby hospital. I was 10 w 5 days on the day of the test, but baby measured 11/2. They like you to be over ten, ideally more than 11, I think.

Our genetic counselor really wanted, given our history, to send me to "the best of the best." I felt really good in his hands. His risk rate was lower, as well, very similar to that of amnio. (Many cvs risks are higher than amnio, but often this is due to practitioner's experience.) This dr. has been doing this procedure for over 20 years, and teaches it at a nearby medical school. He is the ONLY one who does it for this entire hospital.

So they started me in a room with an u/s tech, with a long ultrasound, to check the location of my placenta and to watch the baby. They checked baby's HR along with a bunch of other stuff. The doctor watched this u/s from his office, then came in to check a few more things. He knew my history, and I told him that if he felt at all that I was a more risky case that we would forgo the test. He understood.

There are two ways you can do a CVS, either vaginally or abdominally. It depends on where your placenta is located. For me, the abdominal route was the easiest. They swabbed my belly with disinfectant and made a mark with a plastic straw-tube thing for where to go in. The u/s was on the entire time. I didn't watch but DH did...after they cleaned my belly they numbed it with a topical, then they stuck me with the needle for the procedure. It was a big needle, I won't lie. And it did hurt - like a tetanus shot. The needle was in there for probably two minutes total. The nurses kept telling me to breathe, and DH was kissing me on the forehead, the nurses were rubbing my feet, the dr was doing the procedure and the tech kept the u/s on me.

They took out the needle, kept watching baby on the screen for about five or ten more minutes, watching his HR, etc. The doctor had to check to make sure they had a large enough tissue sample. (Thankfully they did.)

They told me what to look out for during the rest of the day, and what would be normal (slight cramping for up to 24 hours)...I had zero complications. I came home and slept the rest of the day, pretty much. The next day I still took it slow but I was pretty much back to normal.

Our results took 9 days, we found out yesterday that we've got a boy with perfect chromosomes in there. I can't tell you how good it feels to be able to breathe that sigh of relief knowing that at least his chromosomes are perfect - feels like it's one more step towards me bringing home a baby.

I'd do it again in a future pregnancy. I think it's really important to find a doctor that is really good at the procedure - the more they do, the less risky the procedure is.

Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions. Sorry for the long response...
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April 10th, 2011, 09:04 AM
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i had one done too, because of my 4 losses... it was very uncomfortable but nothing that wasn't tollerable. I briefly looked at the needle they inserted into my abdomen, and it was a bit larger than I was expecting. so if you're squeemish, don't look at it.

I traveled to New York to have it done, because it was a specialist and that was ALL she did was CVSs. I felt comfortable knowing that she specialized in it. It was also nice to know at a 99% assurity that all was well with the baby geneticly! I rested alot after the procedure as my Dr. told me that was critical. Good luck!
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