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Southeastern Center for Fertility & Reproductive Surgery
865.777.0088 Jeffrey A. Keenan, MD, HCLD, Director
My husband & I tried to get pregnant, but due to some complications I had, we thought we would never have children (which was EXTREMELY upsetting to me). I came to Dr. Keenan & his staff as a "last ditch effort" to conceive. I will NEVER forget Dr. Keenan's positive attitude as he reassured me, "We can get you pregnant..." during one of my visits. I'm sure he said a lot more than that, but that promise still rings in my ears as I look at my BEAUTIFUL twins! God used Dr. Keenan, and his staff (we love our nurse Mari!), to build a loving family... The entire staff were like friends to me by the time I got pregnant and had to leave their facility... I am ever so grateful for this wonderful group of people who helped my husband and I so VERY much. There are no words to describe our gratitude, and we would HIGHLY recommend this group to anyone having troubles getting pregnant. Thank you Dr. Keenan, Mari, and all the staff. You will never know what a huge impact you have made in the lives of our family!
The Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery offers this site as an information resource for couples coping with the difficulties of infertility. Just as our center provides the most advanced treatment for our patients, this site provides the most recent and accurate medical information concerning infertility and reproductive surgery.
Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of male and female infertility problems. Under the direction of Jeffrey A. Keenan MD, HCLD, our patients receive the highest quality medical care available in the region. Dr. Keenan is one of the most experienced and respected specialists in infertility and reproductive medicine and surgery.
We provide updates on this site to ensure you are receiving the latest information. If you wish to schedule an appointment with us or have questions, please call us at (865) 777-0088 or click here to use our appointment request form.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Keenan
Winter Update 2014
We can certainly call this a winter as it has been extremely cold as of late! We here at the Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery hope that each of you had a very Merry Christmas and are enjoying a prosperous New Year so far. We have now resumed our normal operating hours, so call today for a convenient appointment. If you are a potential new patient, we cannot wait to meet you and begin your treatment journey in the New Year! Call today to schedule an appointment at (865) 777-0088 or use our Contact Form.
Who is Best Doctors? Best Doctors brings together the best medical minds in the world to help patients find the right diagnosis and treatment. Our very own Dr. Jeffrey Keenan has been selected for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America 2014 database! His selection is the result of an extensive, impartial, peer-review survey of thousands of doctors nationwide. Being named a Best Doctor is a singular honor recognizing only the top five percent of U.S. doctors. Join us in congratulating Dr. Keenan on this prestigious achievement!
Please, join us in welcoming our new Front Office Coordinator, Bonita Eschenberg. Bonita has rejoined the workforce after eighteen years dedicated to raising two boys and moving around the country with her husband of nearly 25 years. Bonita and her family moved to the Knoxville area from Washington State in late 2009. You will find Bonita quite pleasant and committed to courteous and efficient information and scheduling services. Please, give her a warm welcome!
Surgery by a Robot?
Robotic surgery in gynecology allows patients to undergo minimally invasive procedures, which previously would have required a large incision, thus necessitating an inpatient hospital stay. We at the SCFRS were the first fertility clinic in East Tennessee to perform robotic-assisted operations.
But, although robotic surgery is a great advancement in technology, it does have potential for overuse and is not appropriate for every patient. Sometimes, even less invasive procedures than robotic surgery can be performed with equal success and results.
Thus, potential patients should choose a surgeon who is well versed in all surgical modalities so that he/she can determine which is best for the patient. Dr. Keenan has more than 20 years of experience and will work collaboratively with you to decide which treatment option is best for your particular situation. Call today for an appointment! (865) 777-0088. You can also use our Contact Form.
Not Just Fertility
Contrary to popular belief, we aren't just a fertility treatment provider. We offer an array of services including annual/well-woman exams, management of PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, and ovarian cysts. We also specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgeries and treatment of congenital birth defects of the female reproductive system, just to name a few. If you aren't already established with a gynecologic provider, we would be happy to establish you as a new patient. Call today for an appointment or use our Contact Form!
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Do You Weigh Too Much to Undergo Fertility Treatments?
A recent article by Medi Weightloss Clinics is asking the question, should an increased body mass index (BMI) be enough to prevent women from undergoing fertility treatments? While the question is controversial, several countries have adopted this policy. For example, in New Zealand, women with a BMI > 32 kg/m2 are banned from fertility therapy, and women with a BMI > 32 kg/m2 are not allowed to have an egg retrieval under sedation in British Columbia.
It is well-known that obesity is associated with infertility, primarily due to hormonal causes and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Brewer et al (2010) reported that there is a link between abdominal obesity and decreased pregnancy rates. In addition, important components of assisted reproduction, such as ultrasound imaging and egg retrieval are hindered by obesity, as is super-ovulation, thus decreasing overall pregnancy rates. Shah et al (2011) compared obese women with a BMI > 40 kg/m2 and normal weight women and found that birth rates were 50% lower in the obese group. It is also known that obesity leads to pregnancy complications such as, hypertension, gestational diabetes, prolonged labor, increased blood loss, unexplained stillbirth, and increased neonatal admissions.
Despite the clear evidence, there is on ongoing debate over whether there is enough conclusive evidence to withhold fertility treatment. Balen (2006) reported that a BMI as high as 35 kg/m2 did not affect the overall outcome of ovulation induction in women with PCOS. Dokras (2006) reported that success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes were not affected by obesity up to a BMI of 40 kg/m2 although the cycle cancellation in the obese group was 25% compared to 11% in the normal BMI group. Maheshwari et al (2009) reported that there were no differences between normal weight and obese women in terms of associated costs: the cost per IVF cycle, cost of prenatal care, cost per positive pregnancy test, or cost per ongoing pregnancy. However, the researchers did conclude that women should lose weight due to the increased obstetric complications associated with obesity.
On the whole, it is important to educate overweight women who are infertile on the benefits of weight loss. Obese women dealing with infertility should be counseled that a high BMI may negatively affect their ability to conceive and is associated with pregnancy related complications.
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