Post Diagnosis

What are Fallopian Tubes?

Women typically have two fallopian tubes, one located at the top of each side of the uterine cavity. The fallopian tubes are an important part of female fertility and represent the passageways for the female’s eggs to travel from the ovaries to the uterus. For women with abnormalities in their fallopian tubes or women who’ve had surgery impacting the fallopian tubes, unassisted conception may not be possible. Infections, including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), can also negatively impact the fallopian tubes. In these cases, a fertility procedure called Fallopian Tube Recanalisation may help to achieve a successful pregnancy.

What To Expect?

Fallopian Tube Recanalation

Step 1

Before the procedure an intravenous drip is placed for sedation, to help with any pain or relaxation.

Step 2

The first part of the process is like a regular gynaecological exam. The doctor will insert a speculum in the vaginal opening, and then advance a tiny tube or catheter  through the cervix and into the womb.

Step 3

Special X-Ray dye is used to outline the cavity of the womb and Fallopian tubes. This dye will illuminate any blockages.

Step 4

If the X-Ray dye identified a blockage, then the catheter is used to guide a very fine wire into the fallopian tube to clear the blockage.

How Long is the FTR Procedure?

While the procedure itself is only about 30 minutes, please be prepared to spend about four to six hours in the hospital on the day of the procedure. You will need to arrive 30 minutes before the procedure for registration and preparation.

What caused my tube blockage?

Blockages in the fallopian tubes can be caused by debris or scar tissue from a previous health issue. Other possible causes could be a ruptured appendix in the past,  an infection in the pelvic region, a sexually transmitted diseases or endometriosis.

Will FTR treatment Cure my infertility?

Possibly, it could. Many of our patients go on to have children. If the blockage was the reason behind the infertility, Fallopian Tube Recanalisation is highly effective in achieving pregnancy.

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