What Is Reproductive Surgery?
Laparoscopic and hysteroscopic are minimally invasive surgical procedures that are available to treat various reproductive disorders, including:
- Tubal disease and tubal ligation reversal
- Reconstruction and repair of congenital and acquired intrauterine abnormalities
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic pain
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Ovarian cysts
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic adhesions
- Uterine polyps
Most of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Reproductive surgeons at Northwestern Medicine Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine are trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and robotic assisted surgery. Their goal is to minimize any negative impact of surgery on reproduction.
These same minimally invasive techniques are available to treat women with gynecologic problems who do not desire future fertility. When a minimally invasive approach is not appropriate, traditional open surgeries are also performed. Treatments may include:
- Excision of endometriosis
- Management of ectopic pregnancy
- Excision of ovarian cysts
- Lysis of pelvic adhesions
- Laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery
- Reversal of tubal sterilization
- Excision of fibroids (myomectomy)
- Excision of polyps (polypectomy)
- Lysis of uterine adhesions
- Correction of uterine malformations