Interventional Radiology->Fallopian Tube Recanalization

Fallopian Tube Recanalization

One of the most common reasons for infertility is a blockage of the fallopian tube through which eggs pass from the ovary to the uterus. Your interventional radiologists can diagnose and treat a blockage in the fallopian tubes by placing a catheter, a thin, flexible plastic tube, into the uterus. Contrast dye, is injected to create an X-ray image of the uterine cavity. If a blockage is identified, another catheter is threaded into the fallopian tube to open the blockage.

Preparation for Procedure

  • Bring a list of all medications.
  • Your physician may advise you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure.
  • Inform your physician of any recent illness
  • You will wear a gown during the exam and will be asked to remove jewelry, dentures, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
  • A pregnancy test and blood work will be obtained.
  • You will be given sedation in your IV so you must not have anything to eat or drink anything for six hours before your exam. There must also be someone that will drive you home after the procedure.

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