Salpingectomy

First performed by Lawson Tait in 1883, this procedure refers to the surgical removal of the fallopian tubes

About

Salpingectomy is the surgical removal of one or both fallopian tubes. Fallopian tubes allow eggs to travel from your ovaries to your uterus. This procedure can be done alone or combined with other procedures such as a hysterectomy or a caesarean delivery depending on the cause of the removal.

Need to know

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    The procedure can be undertaken as either open or laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Your consultant will either make an incision a few inches long (open surgery) or a tiny incision (laparoscopic) in your lower tummy. In open surgery, your fallopian tubes will be visible and can be removed from the incision. In laparoscopic surgery a tiny light with a camera at the end of it will be inserted into the incision and your tummy inflated with gas. Additional tiny incisions will be made for the instruments to remove the fallopian tubes. The opening(s) will be closed with stitches or staples.
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    If you take any regular medication, ask your consultant whether you should stop these prior to surgery. Arrange to have someone collect you after your procedure, as you may still be experiencing the effects of the general anaesthetic. Your consultant will let you know how long you should fast before surgery.
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    You'll be sent to the recovery room while you come round from the general anaesthetic, and you'll be given painkillers for soreness or pain around the incisions. The procedure is often performed as a day case, meaning you will not have to stay in hospital overnight. This will depend on the rate of your recovery. Avoid heavy lifting or physical exercise for at least a week. Your consultant will advise you on when you can resume normal activities. Incisions from laparoscopic surgery tend to heal faster than those of open surgery. A full recovery usually takes between three to six weeks for open surgery and two to four weeks for laparoscopy.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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