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Infertility: Questions to Ask About Surgery

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When you consider getting surgical infertility treatment, ask your doctor these questions.

  • How much experience do you have with microsurgical techniques? This type of surgery in both men and women often requires specialized training and experience.
  • Can my problems be corrected with laparoscopy? Some problems with a woman's reproductive tract can be corrected during laparoscopic testing. This testing doesn't require a hospital stay. Fixing the problems with conventional abdominal surgery is more risky. It requires longer recovery times. And it usually costs more.
  • What are my chances of conceiving after surgery? This depends on the specific type of problem being treated. It also depends on other fertility factors, such as the woman's age. You must feel comfortable that the risks of surgery are worth the likelihood of becoming pregnant.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as of June 4, 2014

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