Part II: What Treatments are Available for Infertility? Reproductive Surgery
- Posted on: Apr 23 2013
This is Part II in Rocky Mountain Fertility Center’s Infertility Treatment Series. The first can be seen HERE and discusses Medication options for infertility. This one focuses on Reproductive Surgery.
Some cases of infertility require surgery to correct anatomical problems causing infertility. Surgery is utilized to correct adhesions, endometriosis, uterine polyps, blocked fallopian tubes, perform tubal reversals etc.
Modern advancements in medicine provide new techniques for reproductive surgery that no longer requires long stays in the hospital and prolonged recovery times. Most infertility reproductive surgery can now be performed on an outpatient basis using laparoscopy and hysteroscopy techniques.
Laparoscopy surgery involves a type of endoscope that is inserted into the naval area. The instrument allows the surgeon to get a picture of the area and diagnose what problems are causing infertility. Laparoscopy can also involve making small cuts around the pubic hair line where the doctor can insert surgical tools if needed.
When Is Laparoscopy Performed?
Your gynecologist may recommend infertility treatment with laparoscopy after other infertility testing have been completed. A woman who displays particular symptoms, such as pelvic pain, may show signs of endometriosis or pelvic adhesions. Laparoscopic surgery may be needed to help diagnose the problem and source of pain. Scar tissue build up, for example, may be removed to eliminate problems with pain and fertility. Some case of infertility, such as the existence of endometriosis, can only be diagnosed with laparoscopy. The laparoscopy procedure allows the Denver fertility doctor to see the pelvic organs and make sure they look normal, so they can function normally. If endometriosis, adhesions, cysts or growths are present, your doctor can treat the abnormal areas at the same time as the surgical procedure to look inside the abdomen.
Laparoscopic surgery is a type of reproductive surgery that increases the likelihood of being able to achieve pregnancy. Laparoscopic surgery can help identify the cause of infertility and help the fertility specialist to provide the most effective treatment. Knowing the cause of the infertility can improve the chance of getting pregnant naturally or with the aid of fertility treatments.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Surgery
There are a number of advantages to laparoscopic surgery for infertility treatment. There are fewer complications, a quicker recovery time, less costs, and an overall higher success rate than many other open surgery treatments. Laparoscopy provides better cosmetic results and less scarring than open surgeries. The treatment is highly effective in identifying the cause of infertility and allows the specialist to remove growth and cysts that are abnormal to the area. Treating endometriosis and other problems causing infertility are highly treatable with laparoscopy.
Another minimally invasive surgery used by infertility specialists and gynecologists is hysteroscopy. A Hysteroscopy is a thin telescope inserted through the cervical canal to operate inside the uterus. No incisions are needed for the hysteroscopic surgery. Small instruments may be inserted through the telescope to perform the surgery. Hysteroscopy can be used to correct a uterine septum, remove intracavitary fibroids and uterine polyps.
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