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  • 2012-02-15

Fertility enhancing surgery

Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2012;12(02). URL:
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Professor David Adamson focuses on the role of laparoscopy in subfertile patients. Laparoscopy helps to diagnose and manage many gynecologic conditions that may induce spontaneous pregnancy and enhance Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) results. In endometriosis, laparoscopy is required to establish the diagnosis and provide a better vision: it is first recommended in stage I-II by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). It should be considered in stage III-IV if the patient is young and after several IVF failures. Laparoscopic cystectomy is suitable if endometrioma is larger than 4cm prior to IVF. Myomas have to be removed when they distort the cavity or when they are intramural and voluminous. Laparoscopic myomectomy must be carried out by skilled surgeons. Adnexal masses should be removed if they exceed 5cm and persist for more than 3 months. Concerning polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian drilling is indicated in case of failure of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH). Laparoscopy is very useful for distal tubal occlusion to assess the quality of the tube and perform fimbrioplasty. It is also useful for ectopic pregnancy and sterilization reversal. As a conclusion, laparoscopy in subfertile patients must be performed in young women, without other infertility factors. Laparoscopy should also be envisaged when the disease is treatable and when the patients agree to have a 9 to 15 months’ interval prior to IVF.