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Austin Fertility Doctors Tinker with Robots

— Texas Fertility Center Helps Develop Next Generation Fertility Surgery —

 Austin, Texas – December 15, 2011 – Texas Fertility Center Reproductive Endocrinologists Drs. Kaylen Silverberg and Thomas Vaughn have been asked to work with the Texas Institute of Robotic Surgery at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center to bring the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery to the fertility patients of Central Texas.  da Vinci Robotic surgery provides an advanced alternative to traditional open surgery or laparoscopic surgery for many conditions that can affect fertility, including uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and pelvic adhesions.

Drs. Silverberg and Vaughn will be at the world’s leading edge of surgical care for fertility patients in their use of the da Vinci system made and sold by Intuitive Surgical (ISRG).

“The Da Vinci robot represents a potential quantum leap forward for endoscopic surgery,” says Dr. Silverberg. “This minimally invasive technique has amazing 3D optics and enhanced surgical dexterity that enables surgeons to accomplish a variety of complex surgical procedures with greater ease and safety.  We believe that there are multiple applications for the Da Vinci robot in fertility treatment, and we hope that it will significantly enhance patient care.”

Robotic surgery involves the use of three to four robotic arms that are manipulated by the surgeon from a remote console. One robotic arm contains a camera that magnifies the surgical field to afford the fertility doctor a magnified, three dimensional, high definition digital image.  The other arms utilize specially designed surgical instruments that allow doctors to scale their motion and perform procedures with greater precision and dexterity.

While the robot has been employed for routine gynecologic procedures such as hysterectomy for several years, recent advances in technology make it possible for more intricate procedures to be performed with robotics.  Emerging technologies, such as those employing lasers for enhanced definition and dissection, hold tremendous promise not just for fertility treatment but also for the treatment of a variety of other benign and cancerous conditions.

About Texas Fertility Center

Texas Fertility Center (TFC), one of the nation’s leading full-service infertility practices, provides advanced Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology services to patients throughout Texas, the Southwestern United States, and the Americas.  Since 1980, TFC has been recognized nationally for outstanding pregnancy rates, cutting-edge laboratory procedures, and innovative research programs. For more information, please visit



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