Journal of Robotic Surgery

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 789–790 | Cite as

Minimally invasive surgery for deep-infiltrating endometriosis and its impact on fertility: can robotic surgery play a role?

  • Desirée GianardiEmail author
  • Andrea Giannini
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, mainly affecting fertile women with a prevalence ranging from 10 to 15%. Complications of endometriosis as well as its management often result in infertility since they can involve all pelvic organs including the procreative ones. Moreover, deep-infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) is known to be related to infertility and is often the cause of severe dyspareunia, which may impede regular sexual intercourse necessary for natural conception.

In last decade, many studies have described the benefits of minimally invasive surgery in the treatment of endometriosis, as direct manual laparoscopy (DML) is nowadays considered the gold standard, resulting in faster recovery, shorter hospitalization, better cosmetic results and lower postoperative morbidity if compared to open surgery. Furthermore, when surgery for colorectal endometriosis is necessary, the laparoscopic approach has been demonstrated to increase the...


Robot-assisted surgery Endometriosis surgery Deep-infiltrating endometriosis Fertility 



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Conflict of interest

Dr Desirée Gianardi and Dr Andrea Giannini declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of human rights and welfare of animals

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

For this type of study informed consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.General Surgery Unit, Department of Translational Research and New Technologies in Medicine and SurgeryUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Experimental and Clinical MedicineUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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