Researchers have studied the outcomes of pregnancies conceived with use of laparoscopic myomectomy, but robot-assisted technologies have not been thoroughly tested. Researchers from the Newark beth Israel Medical Center gathered information from 872 women who underwent robotic myomectomy. Of those women, 107 managed to conceive using the technology; resulting in just more than 125 live births.
Women in the study were undergoing myomectomy due to uterine fibroids reducing the ability to conceive naturally. The average age of women in the study was 35. More than 55% of the women were overweight or obese. On average it took patients about 13 months to conceive. Most pregnancies were singlet, but there were 7 twin and 2 triplet pregnancies.
Researchers note some limitations with the study could have resulted in missed pregnancies. Future cohort data is needed to lend support to the study results. No comments were added comparing laparoscopic pregnancy rates to robotic pregnancy rates.
Source: Pitter MC, Gargiulo AR, Bonaventura LM, Lehman JS, Srouji SS. Pregnancy outcomes following robot-assisted myomectomy. Hum. Reprod. 2012 Oct 18.