Infertility is a common problem among men and women. There is a wide range of factors that can lead to fertility issues, and determining what is causing infertility can be the first step in selecting the most appropriate fertility treatment to increase the likelihood of conception.
In women, problems related to the fallopian tubes are a common source of infertility. The fallopian tubes connect the ovaries to the uterus. After an egg is produced, it travels down the fallopian tubes to get to the uterus and meet up with sperm. If the fallopian tubes are blocked, it can affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant.
At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, led by Dr. Janelle Dorsett, we offer microsurgical tubal and ovarian reconstruction to our Lubbock, TX patients. This procedure removes scar tissue and clears other blockages from the fallopian tubes to address this common source of infertility.
Although Dr. Dorsett offers laparoscopic and microsurgical techniques for tubal and ovarian reconstruction, this is an invasive procedure that is not appropriate for all patients.
First and foremost, a patient must be healthy enough to undergo surgical treatment without an increased risk of complications.
In addition, Dr. Dorsett will perform a thorough surgical evaluation to determine if a patient can benefit from tubal and ovarian reconstruction. She will examine the extent of tubal damage and blockages to determine if surgery is an ideal treatment option.
In general, patients may be suitable candidates for microsurgical tubal and ovarian reconstruction if they have any type of damage or scar tissue in the fallopian tubes due to previous infections, surgeries, or ectopic pregnancies.
However, age also plays a factor in whether a woman is an ideal candidate for this procedure. Women over the age of 35 are likely to experience other age-related fertility issues, so surgery is unlikely to be as successful as we would like in increasing the chance of conception. Instead, these women may be better suited to another fertility treatment, such as IVF.
While Dr. Dorsett does offer conventional surgical methods, tubal and ovarian reconstruction is performed laparoscopically whenever possible.
Microsurgical techniques require a series of small surgical incisions. These incisions grant access to the fallopian tubes, which allows Dr. Dorsett to clear away scar tissue and any other blockages that are preventing the egg from traveling to the uterus. Microsurgical techniques minimize damage to surrounding tissues, make it easier to maintain blood supply, and preserve the structure of the fallopian tubes, all of which increase the likelihood of a successful treatment.
Laparoscopic techniques are also beneficial because they cause less bleeding than traditional surgical incisions, produce less scar tissue, and minimize recovery time.
For ideal candidates, microsurgical tubal and ovarian reconstruction can significantly improve a woman’s chance to conceive naturally.
Schedule a Consultation
A personal consultation and examination is the only way to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for microsurgical tubal and ovarian reconstruction. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, and the other fertility treatments offered at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, schedule a consultation with Dr. Janelle Dorsett at your earliest convenience.