Removal of ectopic pregnancy

• A pregnancy which occurs in the Fallopian tube is called
   ectopic. This must he removed to prevent excessive
   bleeding which may result if the tube ruptures.

• The operation may involve removal of the tube and
   pregnancy (salpingectomy), or removal of the pregnancy
   only (linear salpingostomy)

• The operation is performed as an emergency procedure
   under a general anaesthetic and takes 30-60 minutes.

• The procedure is commonly performed laparoscopically,
   using a small, fibre-optic 'telescope' which is inserted into
   the abdomen through a small incision. Occasionally, a
   conventional operation (laparotomy) is used.

• There will be some discomfort following surgery which will
   be controlled with pain killers.

• The average hospital stay is 2-6 days and will depend on
   the type of surgery. Complete recovery should occur within
   6 weeks.