Fallopian tube surgery
As per research, the cost of fallopian tube surgeries may start from a minimum of $3000 and may go up to $13,000 approximately. The cost of the surgeries depends on the type of surgery, complications, location of the hospitals, clinics, doctors, and insurance. If the procedure is covered under insurance, a patient may not need to pay. In a few situations, both patients and insurance may need to pay the cost (copay). In cases where the procedure is not included in the insurance list, the patient may be responsible for the total cost. Various surgeries of fallopian tubes cost differently.
Fallopian tubes are an important part of the female reproductive system. The fallopian tubes connect ovaries to the womb where a baby grows. After an egg is released from the ovary, it travels down the fallopian tube to get to the womb. Ovaries usually release an egg every month, and sperm may fertilize it while it’s traveling through fallopian tubes. But if fallopian tubes are blocked, fertilization may not happen because the sperm and egg can’t meet. Below are a few common procedures of fallopian tubes.
- Fallopian tube recanalization: This procedure may cost approximately $3000-$5000. The procedure opens up fallopian tubes if they’re blocked. In this procedure, the patient may not need any cuts or incisions. The doctor usually uses a speculum, to keep the vagina open, and then inserts a small plastic tube or catheter into the womb. A contrast liquid is sent through the catheter, and an X-ray of your womb and fallopian tubes is taken to confirm the blockage. Once the blockage is confirmed, doctors may insert a second, smaller catheter to clear the blockage.
- Tubal ligation surgery: This procedure may cost approximately $4000-$100,000. Tubal ligation may be totally free (or low cost) with some health insurance plans, Medicaid, and other government programs. It is a surgical procedure to prevent pregnancy. It has commonly been called female sterilization. During this surgery, both fallopian tubes are blocked or cut. It is usually done in the hospital or in an outpatient surgical clinic. In most cases, you will be able to go home on the day of surgery. After recovery, the patient will still have periods and may have sex normally. Tubal ligation is permanent birth control. Although it may be reversed by another operation, only about 50-80% of women are able to become pregnant after having their fallopian tubes reattached.
- Tubal ligation reversal surgery: This procedure is rare, and most of the insurance companies usually do not include them in their list. The cost may vary from $7000-$11,000 approximately. In this procedure, the doctor may make small cuts in the abdomen and remove any blocked parts of fallopian tubes and unite the tubes back with absorbable stitches. Even after the surgery, there’s no guarantee of pregnancy. Chances may range anywhere from 40 to 80%, depending on age and other health factors.
- Salpingostomy: This procedure may be usually done laparoscopically and may cost around $5000-$7000 approximately. This procedure is usually done when a fallopian tube is filled with fluid. During the surgery, the doctor will open the fallopian tube and remove the blockage, and does not disturb the position of the fallopian tube.
- Salpingectomy: This is usually considered major surgery and may cost approximately $11,000. In this procedure, the doctor may remove both the fallopian tubes completely depending on the risk factors. There are a few ways the doctor can perform laparoscopic salpingectomy. One way is to use a pre-tied surgical loop and tighten the knot around the fallopian tube to remove it. Another way is to destroy the blood vessels in the fallopian tube.
- Fimbrioplasty: This procedure may cost around $3000-$4000. This procedure is usually done if the part of the fallopian tube is blocked close to the ovary.