Tubal Disease Treatment in New York
Tubal disease can cause infertility due to a blockage of one or both of the fallopian tubes. These tubes are the “roadway” for the sperm to find and fertilize the egg. Tubes can be damaged and blocked due to a variety of reasons. Infection from either a gynecologic infection (such as Chlamydia) or gastrointestinal source (such as appendicitis, infection in the intestines, etc) can block one or both tubes. Also, prior surgery can create adhesions (scar tissue) that prevent the tubes from working properly. Other conditions such as endometriosis can also damage the tube(s).
To diagnose whether the tubes are blocked, one of these tests can be performed.
Hysterosalpingogram–this is an x-ray test in which a radiologist places a catheter into the uterus and injects iodine contrast dye. The dye is injected and x-rays are taken to determine if the tubes spill the dye.
Saline sonogram–this is an ultrasound procedure in which a physician places a catheter into the uterus and injects normal saline into the uterine cavity. This test is best for determining any uterine anomalies but can sometimes check if one or both tubes are open.
Laparoscopy–this is a surgical procedure in which the woman is given anesthesia and a camera is inserted through an incision made in her umbilicus to see the fallopian tubes. Dye is then injected from a catheter inserted into the uterus.