The role of microsurgical reconstruction in the era of ICSI

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Even in the era of advanced assisted reproductive techniques, microsurgical reconstruction is an important and relevant treatment for obstructive azoospermia. Microsurgical reconstruction provides couples the opportunity to create a spontaneous pregnancy and thereby avoiding the expense, limitations, and risks of in vitro fertilization (IVF)/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The apparent ease of advanced assisted reproductive techniques should not overshadow the fact that the expense and risks of IVF/ICSI may be unjustifiable. Sperm retrieval relegates couples to IVF/ICSI and subjects fertile female partners and the offspring to potentially avoidable risk. Approximately 30% cycles in 2009 resulted in twin or higher gestation and these pregnancies are associated with higher rates of prematurity, low birth weight, and severe neonatal medical conditions [1]. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is a potentially life-threatening complication of in vitro fertilization and moderate and severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome are estimated to occur in 3–6% and 0.1–2% of IVF cycles, respectively [2]. Every surgeon will encounter couples for whom the best option for pregnancy is sperm retrieval paired IVF/ICSI. For couples with amenable conditions, however the safety of a natural conception remains a compelling justification for microsurgical reconstruction.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baker, K; Sabanegh, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Book Title

  • Microsurgery for Fertility Specialists: A Practical Text

Start / End Page

  • 153 - 166

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781461441953

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-4614-4196-0_11

Citation Source

  • Scopus