Computer assisted reproductive surgery Why it matters to reproductive endocrinology and infertility subspecialists

Fertility specialists are uniquely trained to establish the indications and extent of reproductive surgery. Modern reproductive surgery is minimally invasive and complex. Computer assistance can promote subspecialists’ involvement in reproductive surgery.

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Antonio R. Gargiulo, M.D.

Volume 102, Issue 4, Pages 911-921


Trained fertility specialists possess a unique clinical perspective and an extensive medical and technological armamentarium to overcome reproductive dysfunction: it is their privilege and ethical duty to lead the field of reproductive surgery. However, modern reproductive surgery can no longer exist outside of the realm of advanced laparoscopy. This has been a major hurdle to the thriving of surgery within our subspecialty, owing to the time and effort required to achieve and maintain proficiency in the antiergonomic environment of conventional laparoscopy. Computer-assisted surgery minimizes aptitudinal restrictions to the adoption of advanced laparoscopy. As such, it promotes strategy over technique and may hold the key to the continued success of high-specialty reproductive surgery.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.