In case you are facing difficulty in achieving pregnancy because of the blockage in your fallopian tubes, tubal cannulation procedure may work for you and help you achieve pregnancy.

Different from  the fallopian tube surgery, in this procedure neither incisions/cuts are required nor you require staying in the clinic or hospital for overnight.

Tubal Cannulation procedure

Guided over a wire, your doctor may insert a tube, known as catheter, through your vaginal passage.. He or she will, either with the help of real-time X-ray moving images or the ultrasound, locate the exact occluded spot. The blocked region of the tube is opened up with the wire or ballooning on the catheter.

Tubal cannulation is usually performed after the hysterosalpingogram procedure, wherein dye is flushed with the help of the catheter to ascertain the blockage in the Fallopian tubes.

Anesthesia may or may not be given to you while you are going through the procedure. To help you feel relaxed, your doctor may give you a mild dose of sedative.

Is Tubal Cannulation proper for me?

The tubal cannulation is appropriate for you, in case the imaging examinations evidently reveal a blockage either in one or both the Fallopian tubes. The procedure is usually very successful if the obstruction of the tube is found in the area close to your uterus. It is clinically known as proximal tubal occlusion.

In case the imaging examination reveals a blockage, the doctors generally suggest the females for tubal cannulation first before going in for costly fertility methods, like IVF (in vitro fertilization).

Who are advised not to undergo Tubal Cannulation?

Tubal cannulation is not suggested, in case of you have:

  • Tuberculosis in the genital area, and other contagious infections.
  • Widespread scarring within the fallopian tubes
  • Undergone surgery of the fallopian tube in the past
  • Severe occlusion of the fallopian tubes making it difficult for the catheter to move through
  • Irreparable damage to your fallopian tubes
  • Distal occlusion, which occurs in the Fallopian tube area, which is furthest away from your womb

The procedure fails or does not work properly in case you have:

  • Obstructions in the narrowest section (isthmus) of the Fallopian tube
  • Swollen fallopian tubes
  • Brutal tubal disease

Potential Risks

Tubal cannulation is usually performed by an expert and experienced medical practitioners so as to potential risks can be avoided, which are:

A Failure to make sure your fallopian tube is working

Fallopian tube wall may get ripped

A life endangering tissue infection, Peritonitis, layering the reproductive organs within the belly

 What after the procedure

In several females, the procedure is useful for achieving pregnancy.  However, the pregnancy probability depends on several factors, like:

  • How precisely the procedure is done
  • Blockage section of the tube
  • Blockage cause

In case the tubal cannulation is not appropriate for you just because you are afflicted with fallopian tube ailment, you may opt for some other infertility treatments, such as embryo transfer or IVF.

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