Tubal Procedures

Why Choose the GYN Surgical Institute for your Tubal Procedure?

For women who no longer want children, our GYN Surgical Institute provides safe and convenient form of permanent sterilization by laparoscopy. Our doctors and staff have gained specialized experience by helping over 3,000 women who needed tubal procedures.

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Procedures

Tubal Ligation and Sterilization

SAFE AND CONVENIENT FORM OF CONTRACEPTION

For women who no longer want children, sterilization by laparoscopy provides a safe and convenient form of contraception. Once completed, no further steps are needed to prevent pregnancy. During a tubal sterilization, the Fallopian tubes are cut or blocked, which prevents pregnancy by blocking the egg’s path to the sperm and uterus. This procedure is also called “tube tying.” Tubal ligation does not change a woman’s menstrual cycle or cause menopause.

Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation 
Laparoscopy makes it possible to see and do the surgery through small incisions in the abdomen in which the surgeon inserts a laparoscope. The laparoscope has a lens that magnifies what the surgeon is viewing. The instrument that the surgeon uses to cut (ligate) the tubes may be inserted alongside the laparoscope or through the incision just above the pubic hair.

Selective Excision Of Tubal Ends

CLOSING OFF ACCESS TO THE OVARIES

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, takes about 30 minutes to perform, and typically go home the same day. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the navel and abdomen. A laparoscope is inserted through an incision and the Fallopian tubes are cut, tied, clamped, or sealed. Studies show that many types of ovarian cancers originate in the Fallopian tubes. By closing off access to the ovaries from the tubes by selective excision, the risk is reduced. This is a permanent procedure and careful consideration is necessary before consenting to the surgery.

Tubal / Ectopic Pregnancies

WHEN EMBRYO GROWS OUTSIDE THE UTERINE CAVITY

 A tubal, or ectopic, pregnancy, occurs when the embryo implants itself outside the uterine cavity – commonly within one of the two Fallopian tubes. A tubal pregnancy can’t proceed normally. The fertilized egg can’t survive, and the growing tissue might destroy various maternal structures. Left untreated, life-threatening blood loss to the mother is possible. Early treatment of a tubal pregnancy can help preserve the chance for future healthy pregnancies.

In this procedure, a small incision is made in the abdomen, near or in the navel. A laparoscope is then used to view the area. Other instruments can be inserted into the tube or through other small incisions to remove the ectopic tissue and repair the Fallopian tube.

If the ectopic pregnancy is causing heavy bleeding or the Fallopian tube has ruptured, emergency surgery may be necessary and is performed through an abdominal incision (laparotomy). In some cases, the Fallopian tube can be repaired. Our team of highly-skilled surgeons will do their best to preserve the Fallopian tubes for future pregnancies.

More About Fallopian Tubes

What are Fallopian Tubes?

The uterine tube (Fallopian tube) carries an egg from the ovary to the uterus. Unless an abnormality, surgery, or ectopic pregnancy caused the loss of one tube, women should have two uterine tubes. They are named after their discoverer, Gabriele Falloppio, an Italian anatomist. The Fallopian tubes are generally where an egg is fertilized by sperm, and have small hair-like projections called cilia on the cells of the lining. These tubal cilia are essential to the movement of the egg and sperm through the tube into the uterus where implantation and development occur.

Most Common Issues and Concerns

Fallopian tube problems may occur as a result from conditions that block or damage the tube. Those can be various pelvic infections such as the pelvic inflammatory disease. IUDs can sometimes cause infections in fallopian tubes, but this occurs very rarely. A raptured appendix can cause problems with fallopian tubes as well as surgeries in the abdomen or pelvis. Ectopic (tubal pregnancies as well as inflammation such as tuberculosis can affect fallopian tubes. Infections caused by bacteria like chlamydia can infect fallopian tubes without causing any symptoms. Such infection may permanently damage the fallopian tubes and surrounding tissue by forming scar tissue that can block fallopian tubes. Endometriosis as well as fibroids in the uterus can block the tubes or prevent the egg from implanting in the uterus.

 

Symptoms you should not ignore

Tubal disorders can have none or various symptoms. Pelvic pain and light vaginal bleeding are usually the most common ones. Other symptoms could include nausea and vomiting with pain, cramps, pain on one site of the abdomen, weakness and dizziness.

If you are experiencing any of those please call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.

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