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Details falloscopy as a female investigation technique.

Falloscopy (falloposcopy)

Falloscopy can be used to examine the Fallopian tube.

The falloscopy procedure is used primarly to examine the inside of the Fallopian tube and may also treat blockage or scar tissue at the same time by passing a baloon up through the tube and then gently inflate it. Falloscopy is usually performed under a general anesthetic as a day case procedure. Falloscopy can be performed at the time of laparoscopy, when a fine fibre-optic telescope is inserted through the mouth of each tube. Alternatively the fibre-optic telescope can be inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. The entrance of each Fallopian tube is then identified and the telescope is then passed into each tube in turn.

The main complications of Falloscopy are inability to see the Fallopian tubes properly in 15% of cases and perforation of the Fallopiaan tube in about 5% of cases.

Falloscopy is rarely requested as most tubal infertility are treated with IVF. Furtheremore, there are more reliable methods for checking the Fallopian tubes including HSG, Laparoscopy and dye test and HyCoSy.

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