Reproductive surgery is not dead, say Australian researchers

Some procedures are even on the rise

Predictions that assisted reproductive treatments would cause the demise of reproductive surgery have been proved wrong in an analysis of 15 years of Australian data.

Examining the numbers from 2001 to 2015, the researchers showed tubal surgery has fallen by 66%, with levels now at about one procedure per 10,000 women of reproductive age/year.

But rates of other female reproductive surgical procedures had increased, they said.

Laparoscopy for severe endometriosis increased from 3.6 to 6.6 procedures/10,000 women/year, a rise of 84% over the same period.