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Fertility Surgery

Reproductive surgical treatments involve surgeries to evaluate, identify, and/or correct problems of the female genital tract often associated with infertility. In some cases, treatment may eliminate the need for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), while in other instances, chances for a successful pregnancy may be improved.

The procedures listed can correct some major causes of infertility, including endometriosis, fibroids, congenital anomalies, and pelvic adhesions. These procedures can also correct some major causes of gynecologic problems, including abnormal vaginal bleeding, fibroids, female cancer, and pelvic pain.

Laparoscopy

This outpatient surgical procedure can sometimes be used to correct minor conditions and allow for natural conception. It is commonly used to remove ovarian cysts, remove/repair a hydrosalpinx, and to remove other anomalies in the pelvic cavity. Unlike major abdominal surgery, patients recover in just a few days and experience minimal discomfort.

Hysteroscopy

This diagnostic procedure is used to examine the uterus and determine causes of infertility, recurrent miscarriages, and abnormal bleeding. Here the doctor places a small telescope into the uterus through the vagina. Performed on an outpatient basis, it is helpful in finding and sometimes removing conditions such as fibroids, scarring, polyps, or other abnormalities. Thanks to the minimally invasive methods used, most patients return to work the following day, often with minimal or no discomfort.

Fertiliscope

Fertiloscope is a type of laparoscope which is used in the diagnosis and treatment of female infertility. This relatively new surgical technique is used for the early diagnosis and immediate treatment of a number of disorders of the female reproductive organs.

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