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Blocked fallopian tubes are a frequent fertility problem. Tubes can be blocked for a variety of reasons, including infection and endometriosis. The fallopian tubes are also intentionally blocked as a form of birth control sometimes, using essure or adiana procedures. What treatment options do you have when blocked tubes are the result of a medical problem?

Tubal reanastomosis

This procedure involves eliminating the damaged or blocked part of the affected fallopian tube. After the removal of the diseased portion of the tube, the healthy parts are joined together. Tubal reanastomosis can be done using traditional surgery, but laparoscopy is a less invasive and increasingly popular choice.


This procedure requires the removal of the scarred part of a fallopian tube, and the rebuilding of any damaged portions of the fallopian tube's wall. Again, this surgery can be carried out laparascopically.


Salpingostomy means creating an opening in the fallopian tube. It is carried out to allow fluid in the fallopian tubes to drain, and to resolve the blockage, as well as to remove an ectopic pregnancy from a fallopian tube. This procedure does not remove any part of the tube, and instead removes anything that is inside. This procedure is suitable for women whose blocked fallopian tubes are caused by fluid. Fertility is questionable after this procedure, especially if done on two sides. It's been used as a form of birth control in the past.

Selective tubal cannulation

A selective tubal cannulation may be the best option for you if your blocked fallopian tubes are damaged at a site that is adjacent to the uterus. During this procedure, which is non-surgical, a small catheter is inserted into the fallopian tube from the uterus, to create an opening. This is often the first point of call when it's been found that a woman has blocked fallopian tubes.

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