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Monday, April 13, 2009

Tuboplasty

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Description

Fallopian tubes are pipe-like structures about 12 cm long that extend both ways from the uterus toward the ovaries and flare out into the shape of a trumpet. The internal diameter of the fallopian tubes is as thin as a stand of hair near the uterus, but much wider near the ovaries. During ovulation, the wider end“blooms?like a trumpet flower, receiving the egg from the ovaries. After intercourse, the sperm migrate past the uterus and into the fallopian tube to meet and fertilize the ovum. The fallopian tube then transports the fertilized egg to the uterus.



When to use this procedure

If the fallopian tubes become constricted, allowing passage of the sperm but not the egg, an ectopic pregnancy in the fallopian tube may occur. When a woman undergoes surgical sterilization, the fallopian tubes are tied with a ring or completely blocked to prevent the ovum from leaving the ovaries. Nowadays, an increasing number of patients want to reverse this procedure, and they are turning to tuboplasty to get the results they desire. With modern microscopic technology, tuboplasty has come a long way from the days when a magnifying glass and the naked eye were the only tools surgeons had to rely on. The procedure offers an improved success rate and a same-day hospital discharge. However, not all tuboplasty surgeries can recover or reverse reproductive capability, so careful consideration is advised before choosing sterilization in the first place.

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