Salpingostomy A salpingostomy is used to treat
infertility caused by blockage of the Fallopian tube. This
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and takes about 1 hour.
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.
Incisions are made in the end of the tube to release any scar tissue and open the blocked tube. The ovary is not affected.
There will be some discomfort following surgery which will be controlled with pain killers.
The average hospital stay is 5-7 days and complete recovery should occur within 6 weeks.
Generally, the tubes can be opened successfully in 90% of women, and 60-80% will subsequently become pregnant.