Fallopian Tube Recanalization (FTR)

Fallopian Tube Recanalization (FTR)
0 16 July 2021
Fallopian Tube Recanalization (FTR)

For a woman to get pregnant, the sperm needs to meet the egg. But what if the tube known as the fallopian tube, which helps in carrying the woman’s egg to her uterus, is blocked? That is when the problem of getting pregnant arises because the process of fertilization will not take place. That is when a fallopian tube recanalization is needed.

What are the fallopian tubes? 

Every month, a woman’s ovary releases an egg that travels down to the uterus where, if the egg meets the sperm and is fertilized, a baby will grow. This egg travels from the ovary to the uterus with the help of tubes known as the fallopian tubes. The sperm travels to the egg with the help of the fallopian tubes. These tubes play a very important role in the fertility of every woman.

What is fallopian tube recanalization? 

Since the traveling of eggs is done with the help of the fallopian tubes every month, any kind of blockage in these tubes will lead to a very hard time getting pregnant. The chances of getting pregnant would come down to 0% altogether.

Causes for the blockage of a woman’s fallopian tubes can be a build-up of debris that is unwanted or scarring from surgery or a serious infection. That is when a woman needs to go to a doctor for a fallopian tube recanalization (FTR). It is a nonsurgical procedure that helps in clearing any kind of blockage in the fallopian tubes which plays a major role in the pregnancy of a woman.

What is the procedure? 

The procedure does not take a lot of time and might be wrapped up within half an hour. The half an hour of the procedure includes getting the equipment ready, cleaning the patient’s skin, and unblocking the tubes. It is done under sterile conditions to avoid any kind of infection from getting developed. The procedure does not require needles or cuts. The steps are:

  • > A speculum is placed into the vagina and a catheter is passed into the uterus through the cervix.
  • > Then a liquid contrast agent is injected into the uterus with the help of the catheter.
  • > The doctor will then carefully examine the uterine cavity with the help of an X-ray camera.
  • > They will take out a picture of the patient’s uterus and fallopian tube.
  • > They will then determine if there is any kind of blockage in the fallopian tubes and if the blockage is only one or both of the tubes.
  • > The doctor will then insert a smaller catheter through the first catheter which was bigger, into the fallopian tubes. With the help of this, all the blockage will be cleared away.

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