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2021 Dec 20

Fertil Steril

On the shoulders of giants: perspectives in minimally invasive reproductive surgery.


Coyne KD, Chung RK, Flyckt R, Petrozza JC, Lindheim SR
Fertil Steril. 2021 Dec 20.
PMID: 34937666.


The purpose of this video is to illustrate the evolution of minimally invasive surgery from the perspectives of several pioneering surgeons in the field of reproductive surgery who, among others, were present during its nascence and exponential growth. Interviews were conducted with five reproductive surgeons who had foundational roles in the innovation of operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Surgeons interviewed include Drs. Victor Gomel, Togas Tulandi, Stephen Corson, Jacques Donnez, and Camran Nezhat. The interviews were conducted using standardized questions and recorded, edited, and grouped both thematically and in sequence to develop an illustration of their perspectives. A diverse array of reproductive surgeons has been instrumental in establishing minimally invasive surgery as a safe and effective means of diagnosing and treating patients with infertility. The transition from laparotomy to laparoscopy consistently has had distinct challenges for each but ultimately led to significant advances in surgical management and improvement in outcomes for patients with infertility and chronic pelvic pain. Through structured interviews from some of our surgical pioneers, they not only recognize their predecessors and contemporaries but also teach us valuable lessons about our history, sparking innovation, and newer surgical applications of reproductive surgery in reproductive endocrinology and infertility practice.