Reproductive Surgery and Computer-Assisted Laparoscopy: The New Age of Subspecialty Surgery Is Here

  • Shane T. Lipskind
  • Antonio R. Gargiulo


Reproductive endocrinology and infertility subspecialists enjoy a unique perspective of their patients’ reproductive endeavor as well as a deep understanding of the medical, technological, and surgical armamentarium to overcome infertility. As such, it is their privilege and their ethical duty to take full charge of the field of reproductive surgery. Advanced laparoscopic surgery is an indispensable tool for all specialists caring for women seeking fertility preservation, but the individual surgical aptitude and extensive training it requires are formidable hurdles to its adoption within our subspecialty. We illustrate the transforming capabilities of computer-assisted laparoscopy in reproductive surgery and highlight the current and future potential of this robotic technology in fertility preservation. Although this is a technical review mostly intended for a surgical audience, its broader goal is to sensitize all reproductive specialists to the rebirth of high-specialty reproductive surgery.


Robotic Surgery Fertility Preservation Conventional Laparoscopy Laparoscopic Myomectomy Ovarian Cortex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive BiologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Robotic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Health Care, Center for Infertility and Reproductive SurgeryBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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