What is MicroTESE?
Microsurgical testicular sperm extraction (microTESE) is a surgical procedure used to retrieve sperm from the seminiferous tubules of a male’s testes. It’s used for men with non-obstructive azoospermia, which is when a man cannot produce enough sperm to have a detectable amount in his semen — a common cause of male infertility.
Doctors will usually recommend microTESE in these cases:
*If a man has an adequate level of testosterone in his blood after a hormone test and has other exams indicating that his testicles are not making normal amounts of sperm.
*If a man remains azoospermic even though he has received treatment and his testosterone levels have been normal for at least four months.
The microTESE success rate is quite favorable for men. In fact, doctors are able to find sperm approximately 60 percent of the time during microTESE procedures.