Female Infertility Treatments

Blocked fallopian tubes are a common cause of infertility in women. Fallopian tube recanalization is a procedure that attempts to evaluate and open the fallopian tubes.

Who Should Consider Fallopian Tube Recanalization?

If your fallopian tubes have been studied with a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) and appear to be blocked at the point where the tubes connect to the uterus, this procedure may help to open one or both tubes, thereby increasing your chances of becoming pregnant. More than half of the time, one tube appears to be blocked on the first HSG but is not blocked when the HSG is repeated. For this reason, a repeat HSG may be ordered before fallopian tube recanalization is performed.

How does a fallopian tube recanalization work?

In many ways, the procedure is similar to your hysterosalpingogram (HSG). Small tubes are passed through the cervix into the uterus to support a small (less than 1mm in diameter), soft-tipped wire that is passed into the blocked fallopian tube(s).

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Did You Know?

The most common cause of female infertility is a blockage of the fallopian tube through which eggs pass from the ovary to the uterus.