Advances in male reproductive surgery: robotic-assisted vasovasostomy

Saad Elzanaty, Gert Dohle

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It is estimated that 3-6% of all vasectomised men request vasectomy reversal for different reasons. Microsurgical vasovasostomy is the gold standard technique of vasectomy reversal. However, the microsurgical technique is time-consuming and challenging to most urological surgeons. Therefore, alternative methods of vasal anastomosis have been studied including robotic-assisted vasovasostomy. This review discusses the feasibility and practice of robotic-assisted vasovasostomy. Based on the available studies robotic-assisted vasovasostomy is feasible. The reported rate of vasal patency associated with this new technique is similar to that of microsurgical vasovasostomy. There is no clear difference between the 2 approaches in terms of operating time. Robotic-assisted vasovasostomy does not appear to afford significant advantages in the era of vasectomy reversal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-7
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Urology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

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  • Journal Article
  • Review


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