Salpingectomy is usually
necessary because of previous
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or to remove an
ectopic pregnancy. It involves partial or total removal
Fallopian tube. The uterus and ovaries are left intact.
The operation is performed
under a general anaesthetic
and takes 30-60 minutes. It is sometimes performed
as an emergency.
The procedure is commonly
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.
Women who have both Fallopian
tubes removed will only
be able to become pregnant by in
vitro fertilization (IVF).