Blocked Tubes - How Can This Fallopian Tubes Condition In Women Be Treated?

Published: 15th June 2009
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When couples are having problems conceiving a child together, there are many different reasons for this. But around 40% of all cases of is due to the woman being infertile whether through surgical means like a tubal ligation or caused by disease. Generally, it is because she suffers from endometriosis or has blocked tubes. Both of which result in the woman's egg, when released from the ovaries, not being able to reach the uterus, via the fallopian tubes where it will be fertilized by the man's sperm.

The way for doctors to be able determine the reason for a woman being infertile is really due to her fallopian tubes being blocked is through them carrying out a procedure known as a hysterosalpingogram (HSG). While this is usually the first method used as a way of helping to diagnose that blocked tubes are causing the woman's infertility, sometimes the woman may also need to undergo a laparoscopy as well.

Although the HSG procedure can determine if there is a blockage in a woman's fallopian tubes, if not enough pressure is applied to the dye or if steps aren't taken to spill the dye or for some other reason, this can lead to an inaccurate reading. So really the most beneficial way for a surgeon to confirm if the woman has blocked tubes is by carrying out a laparoscopy. As well as confirming that there is a blockage, this procedure enables the surgeon to determine if the tubal surgery will be able to remove the problem so allowing the fallopian tubes to be opened up once more.

After the surgeon has been able to confirm that the cause for the woman's infertility is blocked tubes, then there are three different surgical procedures he can carry out to help treat the condition. The choices are using a procedure known as tubal anastomosis or a procedure known as tubal implantation or finally a procedure called salpingostomy. Each one of these procedures not only removes the tubal blockage but helps to join the viable parts of the woman's fallopian tubes together which improves her chances of conceiving a child naturally.

It is important for any woman deciding to have any of these surgical procedures carried out, that an experienced reproductive endocrinologist carry them out. The surgeon they trust to do these procedures should have undergone the relevant specialist training and carried out a number of these procedures before. The biggest problem these women with infertility problems will face is that there are only a few surgeons who have the relevant training and lots of experience to complete these procedures. Therefore, many women are faced with the possibility of having to travel some distance to have their infertility problem dealt with correctly.

One practice that offers these procedures and which are carried out by very experienced surgeons is Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center. Situated in the town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this practice not only treats women from the state of Carolina but from around the USA and the world. Many women have travelled to this practice to undergo tubal surgery to allow them the chance to have a child naturally.

This practice not only carries out the kinds of tubal surgery procedures we mentioned above, but offer their clients plenty of advice, information and support to deal with infertility problems of the fallopian tubes. The center is one that is open to their clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a message board, phone or email to let them discuss all manner of infertility problems including blocked tubes.

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