Laparoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of female infertility

Howard T. Sharp, Johnny Yi

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Phillip Bozzini is credited with the first description of endoscopy in 1805, as he attempted to view the urethral mucosa with a simple tube and candlelight. Pantaleoni used a cystoscope to identify uterine polyps in 1869, thus accomplishing the first hysteroscopy. Jacobaeus of Sweden performed the first laparoscopy in 1910, when he placed a Neitze cystoscope and used a candle to illuminate a hollow tube placed into the peritoneal cavity. Eventually, Semm of Germany reported advanced operative laparoscopic procedures, such as salpingectomy, myomectomy, oophorectomy, ovarian cystectomy, and salpingostomy, in the 1970s. These pioneers of endoscopic surgery and many others have forged the way for the rest of us who now routinely perform endoscopic surgery. This chapter is to review safe and effective techniques and principles of laparoscopic surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Modern Clinical and Laboratory Practice
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781441914354
StatePublished - 2010


  • Adhesiolysis
  • Bipolar, fulguration
  • Capacitative coupling
  • Chromotubation
  • Conscious sedation
  • Current density
  • Digital camera
  • Direct trocar entry
  • Electrosurgery
  • External iliac artery
  • Extracorporeal knots
  • Fiber optic
  • Harmonic scalpel
  • Hasson method
  • Inferior epigastric artery
  • Insufflations
  • Intracorporeal knots
  • Laparoscopic knots
  • Laparoscopic suturing
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laser
  • Light source, camera
  • Monopolar
  • Morcellator
  • Myomectomy
  • Nerve injury
  • Neuropathy
  • Ninth intercostal space
  • Oophorectomy
  • Optical-access trocars
  • Palmer's point
  • Posterior cul de sac
  • Retroperitoneal space
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy
  • Staplers
  • Suture
  • Trocars
  • Uterine manipulators
  • Vascular clips
  • Veres needle
  • Video
  • Voltage
  • Wattage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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