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Human robotic assisted bilateral vasoepididymostomy and vasovasostomy procedures: initial safety and efficacy trial
Author(s): Sijo J. Parekattil; Marc S. Cohen; Johannes W. Vieweg
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Paper Abstract

Our goal was to develop a robotic approach for vasoepididymostomy (RAVE) and vasovasostomy (RAVV) using a 4 arm High Definition Platform (Intuitive Surgical, CA) and present our human in-vivo results. All 3 RAVV procedures were successful and one patient had 102 million motile sperm/ml of ejaculate at 1 month post-op. The RAVE procedure patient only had a few non-motile sperm at 6 month follow up in his ejaculate. The use of robotics seems to offer advantages in terms of ergonomics and suture control. Further evaluation is needed to assess the clinical potential of robotics in vasectomy reversal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7161, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics V, 71611L (23 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.808624
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Sijo J. Parekattil, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Marc S. Cohen, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Johannes W. Vieweg, Univ. of Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7161:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics V
Henry Hirschberg; Steen J. Madsen; Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Justus F. R. Ilgner; Kenton W. Gregory; Guillermo J. Tearney; Laura Marcu; Reza S. Malek; Nikiforos Kollias; Bernard Choi; Haishan Zeng, Editor(s)

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