Treatment of Infertility
In a study done by the World Health Organization of 8500 infertile couples, the most common identifiable female factors that were accountable for 81% of all female infertility were ovulatory disorders (25%), endometriosis (15%), pelvic adhesions (12%), tubal blockage (11%), other tubal abnormalities (11%), hyperprolactinemia (7%). Although 15% were directly associated with endometriosis, pelvic adhesions which is a common symptom of endometriosis was also accountable for another 12%. The causes by endometriosis that affected fertility in women included the anatomic distortion from pelvic adhesions and damage to ovarian tissue by endometrioma formation and surgical resection. The condition also produces toxic chemicals that act as a hindrance to fertilization. Therefore, the method for optimizing levels of fertility is to dissect tissue from adhesions and endometriosis, and to correct any structural abnormalities. It
is crucial that while correcting these abnormalities that the least amount of damage is done by the surgery itself. The surgery must not only be accurate but minimally invasive to maximize the chances of pregnancy afterwards. We often do hormonal evaluations to assess whether the problems of infertility are hormonally based, but can also continue to surgical interventions for structural assessments.
Although we reserve surgical intervention as the final option for cases of high severity in pain or infertility, Dr. Song is always ready and prepared for such cases. Fellowships in Korea for reproductive, endocrinology, and infertility followed by 5 years of research in reproductive biology at Yale can advocate for his knowledge in cases where patients suffer from infertility. He has over 20 years of clinical experience with over 3,000 robotic-assisted and laparoscopic procedures performed. CSATS (a peer-reviewed quality assurance program) has certified Dr. Song as a top surgeon in the field of myomectomy. Thus, if surgery is deemed the best option for treatment, Dr. Song is not only experienced and highly capable in the specific field, but also promotes minimal invasiveness through robotic-assisted surgeries.
Robotic aid ensures the highest level of control and accuracy that exceeds that of human hands. However, rest assured that robotic-assisted surgery is not ever automated or controlled by anyone other than a highly experienced doctor. All maneuvers of the robotic surgical device are completely controlled through console by Dr. Song and a 3D high-definition visual field of the surgical area is always available.