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Wedge resection of the ovaries became unfashionable as a means of treating
infertile PCOS patients once clomiphene was introduced. The procedure restored
ovulation in about 70% of cases but consequent bleeding, scarring and adhesions
resulted in blockage of the fallopian tubes.
Electrodiathermy and laser treatment have been performed successfully in PCOS
patients without the post-operative complications of wedge resection
- in women who do not ovulate with clomifene therapy, the method appears as
effective as gonadotrophin therapy in increasing pregnancy rates and is less
likely to result in a multiple pregnancy
- it can be the treatment of choice after clomifene in a woman who in any
case needs a laparoscopy for assessment of her Fallopian tubes (1)
- Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (2004); 42(4):28-32.
Last reviewed 01/2018