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Microsurgery helps male infertility patients become happy fathers

Wu Chien-ying, a urologist at Tainan’s Kuo General Hospital, explains different types of surgical treatment for male infertility on Tuesday last week.

Photo: Wang Chun-chung, Liberty Times

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.


1. infertility n.

不孕 (bu2 yun4)

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


2. atrophy v., n.

萎縮 (wei3 suo1)

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


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.


(Liberty Times, translated by Yu-an Tu)





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