The management of obstructive azoospermia resulting from intra-abdominal vasal obstruction poses a formidable surgical challenge.
A number of surgical methods have been described to address this problem, including both open and laparoscopic approaches to mobilize and sometimes even re-route the abdominal vas deferens prior to performing a re-anastamosis. We present the first report, to our knowledge, of robotic intra-abdominal vasectomy reversal used to repair obstructive azoospermia resulting from prior laparoscopic vasectomy. In doing so, we summarize the techniques described previously in the literature and build upon this body of surgical experience by combining robotic-assisted laparoscopic mobilization of the vas with robotic vasovasostomy. We believe this novel approach for repairing intra-abdominal vasal defects minimizes morbidity, while at the same time obviating the need for the operating microscope, and thus represents a practical alternative to existing techniques.
Barazani Y, Kaouk J, Sabanegh ES Jr. Are you the author?
Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH.
Reference: Can Urol Assoc J. 2014 May;8(5-6):E439-41.