Tubal cannulation is a procedure to treat blocked fallopian tubes. Fallopian tubes connect the ovaries to the uterus. They are responsible for delivering the ovarian egg (ova) to the uterus during pregnancy. Therefore blocked fallopian tubes can cause infertility.
The risks of tubal cannulation include:
- Incomplete or incorrect diagnosis of blockage
- A tear in the wall of the fallopian tube.
- Peritonitis, an extremely dangerous infection of the tissues in the abdomen area.
Generally, hysteroscopy is an outpatient procedure, which means in most cases the patient is allowed to leave on the same day. In case of polypectomy too, it is a day operation, but in some cases you may be required to stay overnight. It is a relatively short operation and you can start your routine activities within a day or two.
Tubal cannulation is performed with hysteroscopy. Hysteroscopy is a procedure carried out to examine & inspect the inside of the female reproductive organs such as the uterus. During this procedure the doctor inserts a small, lighted instrument known as the hysteroscope through the patient’s natural orifices. This instrument relays images on the screen, which helps the doctor to inspect the inner organs of the patient. In case of tubal cannulation the doctor may or may not use anesthesia.
Tubal Cannulation does not require hospitalization, just like many other hysteroscopic procedures. You may consult your doctor about things such as time required to resume drinking water, eating and other routine activities.
If the infertility is being caused by blocked Fallopian tubes, the chances of pregnancy increase after unblocking the fallopian tubes by tubal cannulation. The increase in the chances of pregnancy depends on the cause of the blockage & its location
Last modified: February 8, 2017