Many women in the United States suffer from infertility. Defined as the failure to conceive — regardless of cause — after one year of trying, infertility requires an experienced doctor and a lot of patience. Approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures, and tuboplasty is just one example. Read on to learn more about this efficient fertility treatment.
This is a treatment performed on women to repair Fallopian tubes or remove blockages. It is typically performed on women who suffer from endometriosis, a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, causing pelvic pain. This is seen in about 10% of infertile couples and almost 14 million women in the U.S. alone suffer from this condition.
Additionally, women who have had an ectopic pregnancy or have had abdominal surgery that has resulted in scarring are treated with this method.
The Tuboplasty Procedure
The purpose of tuboplasty is to increase the chances of reproduction in women or to repair the Fallopian tube itself. Depending on the damage done to the Fallopian tube, the procedure can vary greatly but generally, a doctor removes scar tissue from the tubes, creates a new opening of the tube, and removes a damaged part of the tube while rejoining the healthy segments.
A common technique used is the “balloon tuboplasty.” This involves using a balloon or wire that’s inserted through the vagina and guided through the cervix and uterus until it reaches the Fallopian tube. The balloon is then inflated, which clears the blockage.
There are additional options available that include lasers.
Pregnancy After Tuboplasty
If a woman suffers from narrow Fallopian tubes, then this procedure will be incredibly beneficial for her when getting pregnant. The opening of the Fallopian tubes will help the eggs be released without problem into the uterus. With such a high tuboplasty success rate, the chances that you are to conceive naturally after this procedure are very high
Risks of Tuboplasty
As with any other medical procedure, there are some risks involved with this surgery including bleeding, damage to other organs, and a reaction to anesthesia. Even though these risks are rare, it is important to keep them in mind when consulting with your doctor.
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