If surgery is needed to treat your infertility, our reproductive endocrinologists are also highly skilled surgeons experienced in the full range of procedures and techniques to improve your chances of pregnancy.
We offer new hope even in the most complex cases, including expertise in correcting congenital malformations of the reproductive system that others don’t treat.
Surgeries are performed in the Pavilion for Women’s state-of-the-art operating facilities, designed specifically for the treatment of women’s reproductive health needs.
When is Fertility Surgery Needed?
Conditions that may require surgery to improve your chances of pregnancy include:
- Ovarian cysts
- Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
- Uterine fibroids or polyps
- Uterine septum or other congenital malformations of the uterus
- Intrauterine adhesions (scar tissue inside the uterus), also known as Asherman’s syndrome
A Conservative Approach
When surgery is required, we are committed to using minimally invasive procedures whenever possible for faster recovery, less pain and scarring, fewer complications, and shorter hospital stays, when hospitalization is needed. In the majority of cases, our patients are able to go home the same day.
Our surgeons are skilled in the full scope of techniques used to improve fertility, including:
- Hysteroscopy – a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that uses a tiny telescope (hysteroscope) and surgical instruments inserted through the vagina to view and treat areas of concern in the uterus, eliminating the need for a large incision
- Laparoscopy – minimally invasive abdominal surgery performed through very small incisions in the abdomen using a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end (laparoscope) and small surgical instruments, avoiding the need for open abdominal surgery and a large incisions; typically an outpatient procedure
- Laparotomy – open abdominal surgery for complex conditions
Following your comprehensive consultation and evaluation, your reproductive endocrinologist will meet with you to discuss your diagnosis, treatment options, and, if needed, the best surgical approach to improve your chances of pregnancy.
A Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women has earned accreditation as a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologyfrom the Surgical Review Corporation, an internationally recognized patient safety organization.
The award recognizes hospitals and surgeons around the world that:
- Provide exceptional minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care
- Demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care
- Are dedicated to continuously improving healthcare quality and patient safety
Emotional Considerations and Support
Reproductive surgery, like all infertility treatments, can be stressful and isolating, taking an emotional toll on individuals and relationships.
To help you cope with the stress and anxiety of an infertility diagnosis and treatment, we offer specialized support through The Women’s Place at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, one of only a handful of programs in the United States dedicated to the care and treatment of women’s reproductive mental health.
There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, including anesthesia complications, bleeding and infection.
Your reproductive endocrinologist will discuss your risks with you based on factors that include your condition, overall health and the type of procedure being performed.
As Baylor College of Medicine faculty members, our physicians stay at the forefront of all aspects of reproductive healthcare, including bringing you the latest surgical treatments and techniques to help you achieve pregnancy.
They also collaborate regularly with their colleagues throughout Baylor College of Medicine to improve your care, including a unique collaboration in the OR with gynecologic radiologists for real-time imaging that improves surgical outcomes, improving your chances of conception.
For More Information
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
- ASRM Fact Sheet: Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Resolve: The National Infertility Association
- The American Fertility Association
- Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART): A Patient's Guide