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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about a salpingectomy?

A salpingectomy is surgery to remove one or both of your fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. They are part of a woman's reproductive system. A salpingectomy may be done to treat an ectopic pregnancy, cancer, endometriosis, or an infection. It may also be done to prevent pregnancy or some types of cancer.

Female Reproductive System

How do I prepare for a salpingectomy?

What will happen during a salpingectomy?

What will happen after a salpingectomy?

Healthcare providers will monitor you until you are awake. You may have bleeding and discharge from your vagina for several days. If your surgery was done laparoscopically, you may also feel pain in your shoulder or back. This is caused by the air that is put into your abdomen during laparoscopic surgery. You may be able to go home or you may need to spend the night in the hospital. Walk around as soon as possible after surgery to prevent blood clots.

What are the risks of a salpingectomy?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your ovaries, uterus, cervix, vagina, intestines, or bladder may be damaged during surgery. You may get a blood clot in your arm or leg. This may become life-threatening. You may have a hard time getting pregnant if your remaining fallopian tube does not work correctly. If both tubes are removed, you may still be at risk for an ectopic pregnancy.

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