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Infertility: Questions to Ask About Surgery - Topic Overview

When considering a surgical infertility treatment, ask:

  • About your doctor's experience with microsurgical techniques. Surgery to correct infertility in both men and women often requires specialized training and experience.
  • Whether problems can be corrected during laparoscopy. Some problems with a woman's reproductive tract can be corrected during laparoscopic testing on an outpatient basis. Correction requiring conventional abdominal surgery is more risky, requires longer recovery times, and usually is more expensive.
  • About your chances of conceiving after surgery. This depends on the specific type of problem being treated as well as other fertility factors such as a woman's age. You must feel comfortable that the risks of surgery are worth the likelihood of becoming pregnant.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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