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Fertil Steril. 1991 Dec;56(6):1176-8.

Evaluation of adhesion formation after laparoscopic treatment of polycystic ovarian disease.

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Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ankara, Turkey.


The incidence and fertility effects of postoperative adhesion formation after laparoscopic ovarian electrocautery or laser photocoagulation of polycystic ovaries has not been adequately analyzed. Short-interval second-look laparoscopy appears to be a useful method for addressing this issue. Employing short-interval second-look laparoscopy 3 to 4 weeks after the initial laparoscopic intervention, we were able to demonstrate adhesions in 6 of 7 patients (85%) treated with ovarian electrocautery and 8 of 10 patients (80%) submitted to laser therapy. The adhesions were amenable to laparoscopic lysis in 12 of 14 patients (85%). The subsequent conception rates within 6 months of second-look laparoscopy that were 57% and 40% in the electrocautery and the Nd:YAG laser groups, respectively, may in part be attributed to the restoration of normal pelvic anatomy during this procedure.

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