Clearing Hydrosalpinx Without Surgery
Clear Passage Physical Therapy® is a world leader with over two decades of experience opening and returning full function to scarred and blocked fallopian tubes, including hydrosalpinx, with a non-surgical, hands-on physical therapy. Studies published in respected U.S. and international medical journals found that our therapy improved fertility and returned function to fallopian tubes previously diagnosed “beyond repair.” Complete the online Request Consultation form to receive a free phone consultation with an expert therapist and learn more.
Hydrosalpinx is a collection of fluid within the fallopian tube, often accompanied by closure of the distal (far) end of the tube, near the ovary. Tubal fluid that normally flows through the tube becomes trapped by the blockage and the tube may swell, causing a hydrosalpinx. Some physicians feel that the tube must be surgically removed and the woman undergo IVF in order to conceive.
The Wurn Technique®, a hands-on physical therapy, provides a non-surgical alternative that has been shown to help some women with hydrosalpinx to conceive, without surgery. In published studies, it has opened the liquid-filled tube, allowing for natural pregnancy and birth. Some patients have reported second pregnancies and births from tubes that were previously diagnosed beyond repair, indicating that the positive results of the Wurn Technique® appear to last over time.
Microscopically, adhesions are composed of tiny strands of collagen that bind together, much like the strands of a nylon rope. The focus of the Wurn Technique® is to break the chemical bonds that hold these strands together, detaching the adhesions. Freed of the adhesive bonds, the hydrosalpinx clears for many women and an earlier state of function (and fertility) returns.
In a subsequent study2, we had a high success rate opening blocked fallopian tubes (including hydrosalpinx) in women with totally blocked fallopian tubes. This study was cited in Contemporary Ob/Gyn, a well-known professional journal of U.S.-based gynecologists and obstetricians.
Due to the delicacy of the surgery and the relatively brief window it allows for conception, many doctors recommend total removal of the tube, followed by IVF. Many also feel that the liquid within the tube can seep into the uterus or other tube and create a toxic environment for implantation and growth of the embryo. When a tube has been removed, the chances for natural conception are reduced by 50%. If both tubes are removed, the only opportunity for pregnancy is through IVF.
When faced with the diagnosis of hydrosalpinx, a woman and her partner have several treatment options from which to choose. In our experience, most patients do well to educate themselves, then follow their own intuition about what they feel will be best for their bodies. If you or a loved one have a hydrosalpinx, we encourage you to educate yourself before making a treatment decision.
- Wurn LJ, Wurn BF, Kan M, King CR, Roscow AS, Scharf ES. Treating hydrosalpinx with a manual physical therapy. Fertil Steril. 2006; 86 (Supp 2): S307. Abstract.
- Wurn BF, Wurn LJ, King CR, Heuer MA, Roscow AS, Hornberger K, Scharf ES. Treating Fallopian Tube Occlusion with a Manual Pelvic Physical Therapy. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2008 Jan-Feb;14(1):18-23. PMID 18251317.
By Dr. Richard King, Medical Doctor, Senior Research Advisor, Clear Passage Physical Therapy - Gainesville, Florida Area