Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that often plays an important role in the diagnosis and/or treatment of infertility. In laparoscopy, a small incision is made in the umbilicus (navel or belly button) and the laparoscope (a long narrow instrument with a lens at one end) is inserted, allowing the physician to evaluate the reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries). Examples of fertility problems that can be corrected with laparoscopy include removal of adhesions (scar tissue) from around the fallopian tubes and ovaries, opening of blocked tubes, removal ovarian cysts, and treatment of endometriosis. In certain situations, uterine fibroids can also be removed laparoscopically.
Hysteroscopy is another minimally-invasive surgical technique, which is often useful in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. It does not involve an incision, as the hysteroscope (a similar long narrow instrument with a lens at one end) is inserted directly into the uterus via the vagina and cervix. Safe and effective treatment of the following conditions can be performed through the hysteroscope: fibroids, polyps, and intra-uterine septum or intra-uterine scar tissue (aka Asherman’s syndrome).
The physicians at Advanced Fertility Center of Texas have extensive experience and expertise in these minimally-invasive surgical procedures. With a focus on optimizing fertility, they provide specialized care to all patients who will benefit from surgery. Schedule an appointment today: call us at 713-467-4488.