Our experienced surgeons perform state-of-the-art fertility surgery to help protect reproductive health
At our Austin fertility center, we understand the importance of restoring and/or preserving your fertility, and our board certified physicians always keep their focus on you and your desire to plan your family. If your fertility evaluation reveals a problem such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic adhesions, or endometrial polyps, we may advise you to have fertility surgery. In most cases, we use minimally invasive techniques which provide the benefits of traditional surgery, but with less risk, pain and recovery time. Today’s advanced surgical techniques provide our patients with significantly improved fertility outcomes.
Minimally Invasive and Robotic Fertility Surgery: Maximum Results with Minimal Recovery
What do we mean by minimally invasive? During this type of fertility surgery, our skilled surgeons will make very small incisions (or no incision at all, depending on the procedure) to insert a small camera or telescope in order to evaluate your reproductive organs and diagnose your problem. Your surgeon will then use small surgical instruments to make any necessary repairs. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
Faster recovery time—in most cases, you can go home the same day and expect to make a full recovery in 24 to 48 hours.
Fewer scars— laparoscopy usually requires between 1 and 3 very small incisions (¼ to ½ in.) in the lower abdomen, along with an incision in the navel (about 1/2 in.).
Less risk, less pain—without an extended hospital stay, there is less risk for infection. In addition, smaller incisions result in less pain, reduced internal and external scarring and fewer pain medications.
We may recommend one of three different types of minimally invasive fertility surgeries:
Laparoscopic Fertility Surgery
During this outpatient procedure, our fertility doctors make 2 to 3 small incisions and insert a laparoscope through your belly button to visualize your reproductive organs. If necessary, your physician will perform corrective procedures to address causes of infertility such as:
Robotic Fertility Surgery
Similar to laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery is also minimally invasive. It requires several small incisions through which surgical instruments – mounted to robotic arms – enable your surgeon to visualize and access your pelvic organs. Robotic surgery (specifically, the da Vinci® Surgical System) equips our fertility doctors with instruments that afford them outstanding precision, visualization, and dexterity during surgery.
Hysteroscopy Fertility Surgery
A hysteroscopy is similar to laparoscopic surgery, with one notable distinction: During hysteroscopy, your physician places a thin telescope attached to a high definition camera through the vaginal opening into the uterus without making any incisions. We typically recommend hysteroscopic fertility surgery to treat:
- Adhesions (scar tissue)
- Uterine malformations, such as a uterine septum
Male infertility problems may also require fertility surgery, and in those cases, we work closely with Austin’s finest fertility urologists. If necessary, one of our embryologists will be available to help your urologist during surgery to assess the quality of the sperm. If necessary, in cases of severe male factor infertility or during microsurgical sperm retrieval procedures, our embryologists will also be available to freeze any sperm obtained for your later use.
Our Austin fertility doctors know that everyone feels nervous when they hear the word “surgery”. You can rest assured that our surgeons have the experience and skill to both diagnose and surgically treat your fertility problems. Call Texas Fertility Center to schedule an appointment and move forward in your journey.