Similar to a GIFT procedure, in a ZIFT procedure, controlled ovarian hyperstimulation and egg retrieval are performed. Next, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI = injection of sperm into the cytoplasm of an egg to achieve artificial fertilization in cases of severe male factor infertility) is performed. After confirming fertilization the next morning, a laparoscopy is performed and several day-1 embryos (zygotes) are transferred into the fallopian tubes (typically 1-2 zygotes per tube).
The entire ZIFT procedure is typically completed in less than 30 minutes, which allows for rapid recovery without the need for bed rest. ZIFT relies on ICSI as means of fertilizing eggs artificially and is therefore suitable for couple with male factor infertility. Naturally, all tubal transfer techniques rely on healthy fallopian tubes for a successful outcome.
The California Center for Reproductive Health employs nothing but the finest expert microsurgical techniques in performing laparoscopic ZIFT procedures, providing for safe and effective surgical treatments with excellent outcome.