Intracytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI - often referred to as micromanipulation - is used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF), meaning the eggs are mixed with sperm outside the body.
The procedure starts with retrieving eggs from the patient, then injecting a single sperm directly into each egg to achieve fertilization. The eggs are injected using specially designed microscopes, glass needles and micromanipulation equipment, in a very delicate procedure. The process is repeated for each egg. The eggs are then examined for signs of fertilization while in the incubator (EmbryoScope®) so they may develop into embryos and later be transferred into the uterus.
For more information about Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) or to schedule an appointment, call the Family Fertility Center at (832) 826-7272.