Fallopian Tube Recanalization

Woman standing in front of a brick wall smiling at cameraFallopian tubes are a crucial part of the female reproductive system and female fertility. The fallopian tubes transport the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus, which is where conception occurs.

A common cause of infertility is due to blocked fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes may become blocked for a number of reasons including infection, sexually transmitted disease, uterine fibroids and scarring after a surgery.

Treatments for blocked fallopian tubes include open abdominal surgery and laparoscopy.  There is also a minimally invasive procedure called fallopian tube recanalization.

What is Fallopian Tube Recanalization?

Interventional radiologists can effectively treat blockages in the fallopian tubes with a procedure known as fallopian tube recanalization. Before the procedure begins, an IV line may be placed to administer short acting medications to manage pain and help you relax. The procedure begins with the physician placing a speculum into the vagina; a small catheter is then passed through the cervix and into the uterus. A contrast agent (specialized type of dye) is injected and used to help visualize the uterus and fallopian tubes via flouroscopy (a type of continuous x-ray technology). If a blockage is identified the physician will open the blockage. This is accomplished by threading another smaller catheter (called a “microcatheter”) through the first catheter into the fallopian tube beyond the point of the blockage. Once the microcatheter has reached the end of the fallopian tube closest to the ovary the microcatheter is slowly withdrawn while a saline solution is simultaneously flushed through the microcatheter.  The saline solution flushes out any debris that may have accumulated as a result of opening the blockage.

Once the procedure is completed you are able to go home, usually 30 minutes afterwards. Some light spotting may occur for 1-2 days following the procedure, but no other pain should be present.

Are you a Candidate for Fallopian Tube Recanalization?

If you have been diagnosed with blockages in your fallopian tube and/or have a history of infertility, endometriosis, or are suffering from painful intercourse then you may be a candidate for fallopian tube recanalization. Before you decide on your treatment speak to your physician about all of the treatment options as well as  all of your symptoms, including a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids, tubal or ovarian abscesses, and other pelvic conditions to determine if you are a candidate for fallopian tube recanalization.

Benefits of Fallopian Tube Recanalization

  • Fallopian tube recanalization is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure with no incision needed
  • Requires only local (rather than general) anesthesia
  • An increased chance of pregnancy if this is the sole cause of infertility
  • Does not cause scarring or pain, as some surgical techniques can
  • Reduced risk of infection as compared to surgery
  • Same day procedure, recover at home
  • Easy to make and quickly schedule an appointment at an outpatient center

How We Can Help You With Fallopian Tube Recanalization

At Azura Vascular Care, many of our physicians specialize in fallopian tube recanalization, a minimally invasive procedure to treat blockages in the fallopian tube. The interventional radiologists and clinical staff at our outpatient vascular centers combine medical expertise and compassion to guide you through your fallopian tube recanalization treatment journey, providing symptomatic relief and getting you back to your daily routine quickly.

At Azura, we work every day to deliver far more than our patients expect. We bring our full range of medical capabilities and service excellence to every patient, every visit at each of our centers nationwide.

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