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Microsurgery helps male infertility patients become happy fathers
顯微手術助不孕男快樂當爸

Wu Chien-ying, a urologist at Tainan’s Kuo General Hospital, explains different types of surgical treatment for male infertility on Tuesday last week.
台南郭綜合醫院泌尿科醫師吳建穎上週二解釋各種治療男性不孕症的手術。

Photo: Wang Chun-chung, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者王俊忠

There is a powerful new treatment available for male infertility. According to doctors at Tainan’s Kuo General Hospital, microsurgery, which has been developed to maturity in recent years, enables surgeons to perform testicular sperm extraction, vasectomy reversal and other surgeries with greater safety and precision and quicker recovery. Thanks to the availability of such technologies, Kuo General Hospital has successfully helped several infertile men to impregnate their partners.

A 38-year man surnamed Hung who sought treatment for infertility was diagnosed by doctors at Kuo General Hospital as having a zero sperm count. While performing a conventional procedure to extract sperm from Hung, doctors found that Hung’s testicular tissues had atrophied severely, which made sperm extraction difficult. Doctors therefore changed the method, instead applying microsurgery, by means of which they found several testicular tissues that were still capable of producing sperms. Sufficient sperms were then collected for artificial insemination.

Another patient, a 38-year-old man surnamed Lee, had undergone a vasectomy five years ago. However, after losing their child in an accident, Lee and his wife wanted to compensate for this regrettable event by having another child, and Lee went to Kuo General Hospital in the hope of having his vasectomy reversed. After a preoperative evaluation, the doctor performed a microsurgery on Lee to reconnect his sperm duct. Six weeks after the surgery, Lee returned to the hospital for a postoperative follow-up, which confirmed he was already producing sperms. A year later, Lee’s wife got pregnant and successfully gave birth to a baby boy.

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. infertility n.

不孕 (bu2 yun4)

例: Ovulatory disorders are one of the most common causes of infertility in women.

(排卵異常是女性不孕較常見的原因。)

2. atrophy v., n.

萎縮 (wei3 suo1)

例: Research shows that exercise can prevent age-related brain atrophy.

(研究顯示運動能預防老化相關的腦部萎縮。)

3. postoperative follow-up n. phr.

術後追蹤 (shu4 hou4 zhui1 zong1)

例: Postoperative follow-ups are especially important after high-risk surgery.

(術後追蹤於高風險手術後尤其重要。)


(Liberty Times, translated by Yu-an Tu)

男性不孕症有新法寶。台南郭綜合醫院醫師指出,近年來發展成熟的顯微鏡手術,能夠以更安全、精確、更快恢復的方式,進行睪丸取精與輸精管重新接合等手術。該院已成功幫助多位不孕男子讓另一半成功受孕。

卅八歲洪姓男子因不孕求診,郭綜合醫院診斷為無精蟲症,進行傳統取精手術過程中發現睪丸組織嚴重萎縮,難以順利取得精蟲,於是改採顯微睪丸取精術,找到少部分仍有造精功能的睪丸組織,取得足夠精蟲進行人工生殖。

此外,卅九歲李姓男子,五年前做過輸精管結紮手術,但因孩子意外過世,夫妻倆想再生育小孩,以彌補遺憾。李先生到郭綜合醫院求診,希望接受輸精管重建手術,醫師評估後,為李先生進行顯微輸精管重建手術,六週後到門診做術後追蹤已看到精蟲。一年後,李妻順利懷孕生子。

(自由時報記者王俊忠)

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