What is the fallopian tube patency test
It is a laparoscopic diagnostic test performed in the abdominal cavity using saline that is passed through the fallopian tubes to test its patency. It is also used to restore their patency in case of infertility.
Who should undergo the procedure
The test is performed in order to break down adhesions or to remove a pathologically changed fallopian tube in cases when failure to remove it would decrease chances of getting pregnant.
Before the procedure
The procedure is always preceded by a comprehensive gynecological examination used as a basis for ordering the test. The gynecologist will explain you the procedure and anesthesia and inform you about any risks related to the surgery. You may ask any questions, in particular, questions related to the procedure, your expectations and concerns, during the discussion.
When making a binding appointment, you will be provided with an information sheet on how to prepare for the procedure, including information on eating, drinking, smoking and taking or discontinuing some medicines. Complying with all the recommendations is necessary for the surgery to run smoothly and for event-free healing.
How is the procedure performed
The procedure is done in an OR under general anesthesia. The surgeon enters the abdominal cavity through a small incision in the navel used to introduce an optical device, as well as other small incision (1 cm) to introduce other surgical instruments. The procedure involves the application of 20-40 mL of saline into the uterus from where it passes to the fallopian tube and, thus, its patency is confirmed.
The surgeon monitors the procedure on a screen used to enlarge the image. This way, he/she can work with greater precision and spare the tissues unnecessary stress. Since skin incisions are very small, the client has significantly less pain after the procedure. Therefore, it is possible to initiate early rehabilitation and reduce the duration of sick leave. At the same time, the risk of post-operative complications is significantly reduced. Last but not least, the cosmetic effect of such procedures is also important.
For laparoscopic procedures, there is possibility that an open surgery will be necessary after the evaluation of abdominal findings, if the patient is informed about it in advance. In some cases, the final finding in the abdominal cavity and its character can only be established by means of laparoscopy which can´t be used to deal with some findings or possible complications.
After the surgery
After a gynecological laparoscopic procedure, the patient is transferred to a recovery bed where she is monitored until fully stable. After laparoscopic surgeries, there is usually a small amount of gas remaining in the abdominal cavity which may cause pain in the shoulders and a feeling of flatulence. The overall time of hospitalization depends on the client´s health, concomitant diseases and surgical risks. The client is discharged to home care 3-4 days after surgery. The expected recovery period comprises 2-3 weeks.I am interested in
The price of the procedure may differ based on its scope and the length of hospital stay. The price comprises:
- Full pre-operative assessment
- General anesthesia - 1 hour
- A package of post-op care
- Post-op physiotherapy
- The procedure proper
- Post-op hospitalization for 1 day