Tubal embryo transfer involves the laparoscopic placement of day-2 embryos (cleavage stage) into the fallopian tubes. This has the added advantage of allowing the embryologist to assess the quality of embryos prior to laparoscopic transfer, ensuring that the best quality embryos are those transferred.
The entire TET procedure is typically completed in less than 30 minutes, which allows for rapid recovery without the need for bed rest. Since in a TET procedure a laparoscopic transfer is done two days after egg retrieval, TET gives patients a slightly longer time to recover from the egg retrieval procedure than in GIFT or ZIFT. TET can be performed following standard insemination in the IVF lab (the mixing of sperm and eggs for the purpose of fertilization in cases where no male factor infertility exists) or following ICSI (in cases where male factor is present). 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 TET procedures, providing for safe and effective surgical treatments with excellent outcome.