Tubal surgery is performed to clear fallopian tubes that have become blocked as a result of conditions such as endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. The operation can also rectify a case of hydrosalpinx which is when the tube is blocked with fluid. Another type of tubal surgery is called ‘tubal reanastomosis’ which involves removing any portion of the tubes that have become damaged and rejoining the healthy ends together. Fine sutures and delicate instruments are used in order to minimise tissue damage. The procedure aims to restore the function of the reproductive organs, reduce symptoms and restore lost fertility as it can be an effective alternative to IVF treatment.
This type of surgery can also be used to reverse sterilisation and repair fallopian tubes that have been deliberately blocked. It is also the method used to treat an ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilised egg implants itself in the tube rather than the uterus). However, subsequent ectopic pregnancy is one of the risks associated with tubal surgery.
Mr Broome, as one of the UK’s leading laparoscopic surgeons, is able to conduct tubal surgery using a minimally invasive keyhole approach. This generally shortens the hospital stay and recovery period, as well as reducing the patient’s level of post-operative pain.