What would happen if fallopian tube is blocked?
There are many causative factors leading to female infertility, fallopian tube blockage is usually the primary reason why many women fail to conceive. The fallopian tube works as a bridge connecting ovaries and uterus and a pathway for combination of egg and sperm. If there is a blockage in tubes it can greatly decrease pregnancy rate.
What are the causes of fallopian tube blockage?
The fallopian tubes can be damaged or blocked due to a certain set of conditions. PID, endometriosis and uterine fibroids are common conditions cause blockage which women may suffer from. However, some women have blockage in tubes since birth as a birth defect, and it goes undetected until some point they found they cannot get pregnant.
Fibroid tumors and endometriosis have become more and more common and both are conditions leading to infertility. As a matter of fact, there are approximately 1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis, which means 13.6 million women in the United States become the victim of endometriosis every year.
Common conditions that may cause blocked fallopian tubes are:
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Tubal Ligation Removal
Disease from lower abdominal surgery
How to diagnose blocked fallopian tubes?
The outward indicators of fallopian tube blockage are not obvious. If you once suffered from a sexually transmitted disease, the possibility that you have tubal blockage is more than 75%. The primary sign of blockage is infertility. Fortunately, there are medical examinations that determine any blockages or abnormalities.
HSG is to fill your uterus with a contrast dye which is inserted through a catheter. If your uterus has been filled with this dye, it will spill into your fallopian tubes. Your doctors then will use X-rays to detect if there are any blockages or abnormalities in your reproductive organs.
This test is performed during laparoscopy, it is to insert dye into your uterus and fallopian tubes, which bears a resemblance to HSG. However, this test requires a surgery, and doctors don’t use X-ray to detect your reproductive organs.
Sonohysterography is a non-invasive procedure, doctors use ultrasound imaging help to determine uterine fibroids and other issues such as hydrosalpinx. Because the width of tube is about the size of a spaghetti noodle, this test is not always reliable and accurate.
Treatment of blocked fallopian tubes:
Surgical Procedures to Open Blocked Fallopian Tubes
How to open my fallopian tube? That always comes as the first question after been diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes. We should recognize the delicacy of the fallopian tubes，if they are wrecked it is difficult to heal that damage and reverse the impact. The width about the tube is close to a spaghetti noodle. Therefore, though there are many surgical options to reopen fallopian tubes, it is necessary to weigh carefully and choose the most appropriate one. Below is a list of treatment options for healing fallopian tubes.
Laparoscopy and open abdominal surgery are two surgical procedures for opening fallopian tubes.
Salpingectomy is usually applied as a treatment targeting hydrosalpinx before IVF. It is to remove the fallopian tube entirely. According to clinical practice, untreated hydrosalpinx would decrease the success rate of IVF by 50%.
This procedure may be applied when the fimbriae and its cilia are adhered together due to scar tissue, it would inhibit the egg from being picked up and transformed to the uterus. This procedure is targeted to women with damage to the fimbriae. It can rebuild the fimbriae and unravel the adhesion. At the same time, the expense of this procedure is not often covered under medical insurance, and very few doctors have related expertise and qualified skills. In addition to its high cost and limited choices, only 20-30% rate of pregnancy can be expected.
Salpingostomy is to recreate a new opening in the fallopian tube entrance closest to ovary. This is commonly chosen as a surgical procedure when the part of fallopian tube nearest ovary is blocked by fluid. However, the effect of this option is temporary and many patients suffer from relapse later. Scar tissue usually accumulates and forms another obstruction 3-6 months after the surgery.
Tubal ligation removal
This surgical procedure is to remove the part of fallopian tube cauterized or tied in the previous surgery and combine the two ends to create a new tube. Tubal ligation removal is generally performed with the assistance of a microscope, patients can have this done in outpatient surgical facility or a hospital setting. During the surgery doctors might cut away the adhesions from the uterus, ovaries and the fallopian tubes.
Selective tubal cannulation
Selective tubal cannulation is a non-surgical procedure and often performed for proximal tubal blockage, where tube meets the uterus. This procedure is performed under the guidance by fluoroscopy and hysteroscopy. Doctors would insert a catheter from cervix into the fallopian tubes.
How Well The Surgery Works
The success rate of sterilization reversal is influenced by the extent and location of blockage, by the women’s age-related fertility, by how recently the tubal ligation is done. Other conditions include not only the surgeon’s expertise and level of skills but also the absence or presence of other infections or adhesions in the pelvic area.
Generally speaking, the more surgical procedure performed in tube nearest the uterus, the higher success rate would be, because these blockages are often functional (like a mucus plug) rather than structural (like scarring). If tubal surgery is done close to the ovaries, only 20 to 30% success rate can be expected.
The likelihood of pregnancy after surgery is decreased if a large part of the tube has to be clipped away. How much fallopian tube remains after surgical procedure is crucial to the function of the tube.
Risks for Surgery and Procedures
All these surgeries listed above run a certain level risk of regrowth of adhesion and scar tissue. Scar tissue due to prior surgical procedure may rebuild on abdominal cavity including the reproductive organs. Adhesion in tubes may stick to the abdominal wall or other sections of the reproductive organs, or other organs in the surrounding location. In addition to the adhesion, the surgery to open the abdomen could possibly lead to pelvic infection and other complications. Fallopian tube surgery also increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy.
What to Think
For any procedure you are considering, ask your doctor about success rates and the national average success rates (birth of a healthy baby). Your doctor may recommend more than one type of surgery or procedure to treat your fallopian tube problems.
In order to check whether the fallopian tubes have been successfully opened, your doctor may perform HSG (Hysterosalpingography) within 3 to 6 months after surgery. He or she may also recommend In vitro fertilization (IVF) or a laparoscopy to check the condition of your tubes if you fail pregnancy 12 to 18 months after surgery. A successful procedure can enable a woman to have more than one pregnancy without repeated use of IVF or any other fertility treatments.
Alternative Fallopian Tubes Blockage Medicine Treatment Options
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