Clearing Hydrosalpinx Without Surgery
Clear Passage 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, manual physio/physical therapy. Studies published in peer-reviewed U.S. and international medical journals found that our therapy improved fertility and returned function to fallopian tubes previously diagnosed “beyond repair,” including roughly half of tubes with hydrosalpinx. You can read published data on our success rates on this page, or via PubMed or the U.S. National Library of Medicine. We encourage you to complete our online Request Consultation form to receive a free phone consultation with an expert therapist at no charge.
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. 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. Recent published data from our clinics indicate that this is often not the case.
The Clear Passage Approach®, a hands-on therapy, provides a non-surgical alternative that has been shown to help some women with hydrosalpinx conceive without surgery. In published studies, it has opened and cleared 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 our work 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 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 study, we had a high success rate (61%) opening blocked fallopian tubes (including hydrosalpinx) in women with total occlusion. (Wurn et al., 2008) This study was highlighted in Contemporary Ob/Gyn, a peer-reviewed professional journal of U.S.-based gynecologists and obstetricians.
In 2015, a landmark study of 1392 infertile women treated at Clear Passage clinics over 10 years showed nearly identical results to the earlier studies. We were able to measure results in 235 women with total tubal blockage. Again, we opened tubes in 61% (143/235) of the women, including women with hydrosalpinx. In these, 45% (47/105) of women with hydrosalpinx had one or both tubes opened and their hydrosalpinx cleared.
It was remarkable to discover and document opening fallopian tubes and clearing hydrosalpinx using only our hands – but the data is clear. We have nearly a decade of published research in this area, treating hundreds of women with these conditions, so we can accurately predict results. The advantages of clearing these tubes without surgery include
- lower cost;
- no surgical or anesthesia risks;
- none of the adhesions that often form after pelvic surgery (Liakakos);
- surgery to open tubes generally gives a brief window in which to become pregnant;
- no risk of inadvertent enterotomy – (cutting the intestine or other structures by mistake).
The body often creates adhesions to heal from surgery. In the landmark study published in 2015, our success rate for opening fallopian tubes was 69% (124/180) for patients with no history of prior tubal surgery and 35% (19/55) for patients whose surgical history involved attempts to open their tubes. IN a large published study of surgery to open fallopian tubes that were blocked proximally (at the entry to the uterus, the easiest for surgeons to open), only 19% of the tubes remained open six months after minimally invasive surgery. (Gleicher et al., 1993)
When faced with the diagnosis of hydrosalpinx, a woman and her partner have limited 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. We invite you to complete our online Request Consultation form to schedule a phone consultation with an expert therapist at no charge.
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By Dr. Richard King, Medical Doctor, Senior Research Advisor, Clear Passage Physical Therapy - Gainesville, Florida Area