When performing surgery, many parts of the human body can be seen with the naked eye. For more delicate body parts, however, it may be necessary to use specialized tools to perform safe, accurate surgery. For example, the Fallopian tubes, which connect the ovaries to the uterus, are less than a centimeter in diameter. Performing surgical procedures on the Fallopian tubes requires a special type of technique called microsurgery.
What Is Microsurgery?
In a general sense, microsurgery is any type of surgical procedure that requires an operating microscope. This tool allows a surgeon to view parts of the body magnified 4 to 40 times more. When operating on very small, narrow portions of organs such as the Fallopian tubes or blood vessels, microsurgery dramatically increases surgical accuracy and the range of techniques that may be performed.
How Can Microsurgery Help With Tubal Reversal Procedures?
During tubal ligation, the Fallopian tubes are clipped, tied, or burnt to block the passage of eggs to be fertilized. Because of the expanded precision and field of view afforded by microsurgery, specialists can now reverse tubal ligation to permit a woman to have a baby after being sterilized. Microsurgical tools include ultra-fine forceps, scissors, and needle holders. These are used to remove damaged tissue and reattach the Fallopian tubes to the uterus. Microsurgery allows the doctor to use very fine sutures when reattaching the tubes. Research has shown that by using microsurgical techniques chances of pregnancy are improved greatly and the risk of scar tissue formation is decreased.
What to Expect From Microsurgery
Because of the small size of microsurgical tools, a large abdominal incision is typically unnecessary. Instead, a surgeon may make a small incision in the lower abdomen to access the uterus and Fallopian tubes. Depending on the type of tubal reversal surgery being performed, the microsurgery may take anywhere from one to three hours. Microsurgical tubal reversal procedures are often done on an outpatient basis, meaning that a person may typically return home the same day and will require just a few days to recover from the surgery.
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