The IVF Unit at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is the first in the country to use a new technique to raise the rate of successful implantation of healthy embryos in the womb, from 25 percent using ordinary methods to a significant 70 percent rate.  So far, 20 women being treated at Shaare Zedek have gotten healthy pregnancies with the new procedure, but still have to wait a few months to reach term and deliver.

The new technique, which was recently developed abroad but only in use in a few places in the US and Europe, is called “24 Sure.”  It involves examining, over a period of 26 hours, all 46 chromosomes (23 pairs) in an eight-celled embryo. It enables the lab to check whether the embryo has the normal number of chromosomes, with the best chance of being implanted successfully.

Prof. Gheona Altarescu, Director of the Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Laboratory at Shaare Zedek’s Fuld Family Department of Medical Genetics, said the technique is so successful that she expects other Israeli hospitals will follow and added that it will benefit not only older women who have a smaller chance of succeeding with In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) but also younger women who have gone through several miscarriages and are carriers of chromosome changes.

Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) utilizes an advanced technological process to identify genetic flaws in an embryo before it is implanted in the uterus.  This enables couples who are known to be carriers of specific genetic diseases to know with a high level of certainty that their child will not be born with that disease.  Shaare Zedek is a national leader in this all-important partnership between medical genetics and reproductive medicine.

Since the new IVF Unit opened at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in January 2013, more than 50 babies have been born there. The Unit originally opened in 1993 and is now located on the fourth floor of the Main Building.  It is adjacent to the new Next Generation Building, a multi-story complex designed to respond to all aspects of reproductive, maternity and pediatric medicine as part of Shaare Zedek’s vision to provide the best possible medical care for the future of Jerusalem and Israel.

One of Israel’s leading IVF centers, Shaare Zedek is responsible for assisted reproductive services resulting in thousands of pregnancies to parents for whom this would not have been possible without the aid of this technology.  As a result, the number of parents who seek out the IVF Unit at Shaare Zedek is constantly on the rise.