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Once our Fertility Specialist understands the possible cause of infertility, they may recommend surgery as part of your treatment. This could be for further investigation, or to overcome your particular condition.
Fertility surgery for women
Laparoscopy- This is a surgical procedure to look inside the body with the help of a camera, through tiny abdominal incisions. It is a direct visualization of the ovaries, uterus and the outside of the fallopian tubes. It can both diagnose and treat conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids and uterine abnormalities.
During the procedure you will be under general anaesthesia and the surgery takes one to three hours. You will need to take time off work afterwards. If you have endometrisis and polycystic ovarian disease, laporoscopy or medication may help you fall pregnant naturally.
Hysteroscopy- This procedure involves passing a small camera through the cervix to view the inside of the uterus on a video screen. Hysteroscopy is used to treat uterine abnormalities such as polyps, fibroids, uterine synechiae and uterine abnormalities.
During the procedure you could be under local or general anaesthesia. The procedure is usually an hour or less and the recovery time is short.
Tubal surgery – we can remove adhesions (scar tissue) and hydrosalpinges ( fluid ) within the fallopian tubes through a laparoscope to improve your chances of successful pregnancy with IVF treatment. A tuboplasty (opening of tube) can also be carried out but the success rates of natural conception post tuboplasty are low.
Fertility Surgery for Men
Surgical Extraction of Sperm TESA or MESA. This is microsurgery to remove sperm from the testis. This is the first step we carry out in men with seconadary azoospermia before ICSI. This is done under local anaesthesia just before oocyte retrieval and recovery time is short.