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Task Analysis of Hysteroscopic Tubal Cannulation for Proximal Tubal Obstruction
Gynecology / Jan 30th, 2017 10:36 am     A+ | a-
Dr G Sree Lakshmi
MBBS, MS OBG, FRM, Fellowship in Obs Scan (Mediscan), FMAS
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh


Proximal tubal disease accounts for approximately 15% of cases of tubal factor infertility.  Under laparoscopic guidance, the hysteroscopic approach enables tubal cannulation and evaluation of the entire pelvis. Treatment of additional problems affecting the fallopian tubes, particularly adhesions and endometriosis is possible. Moreover laparoscopy helps to monitor the procedure and offers to assess tubal patency, leading to the ability to observe the utero-tubal junctions (UTJs) directly by hysteroscopy and to provide an excellent approach for tubal cannulation.

The relatively higher success rate of recanalizing tubes : 1) accurate visualization of both ostia before passing catheter, which definitely facilitated the successful cannulation, 2 ) hydrotubation. The total pregnancy rate per patient after was 48.9% thus minimising the requirement of ivf. Ectopic pregnancy has been reported in 5%.


HSG showing cornual tubal block which can be due to spasm, debris , cornual polyps, synaechae, mucus agglutination


Active infection, Menstruation, Recent Trauma


Damage to normal tube: dissection, perforation
Ectopic pregnancy


Fallopian tube measures 8 -12 cm long. It has 4 parts: intramural, isthmus, ampulla and infundibulum. Intramural portion of tube is 1 -2 cm in length mostly tortuous .The direction of mucosal folds is towards uterine tube , it has a sphincter at this junction made of smooth muscle which can close. Ampulla measures 7 - 8cm and  isthmus 4 cm . Ampulla is the widest part and intramural part is the narrowest.

Preoperative preparations:
  • Diagnostic Laparoscopy with hysteroscopic tubal  cannulation and chrompertubation must be performed between day 6 - 12 of periods
  • Required Blood tests and Pre anesthetic check up
  • Informed consent
  • 400 mcg vaginal misoprostol for cervical dilatation 2 hrs - 4 hrs prior if nullipara 
  • Antibiotic

Surgeon, Assistant, Anaesthesian, Scrub nurse, OT technician, Instruments Required

Laparoscopic Instruments:

Insufflator, CO2 gas, 2 alleys, no 11 size blade, BPL handle, 10 ml syringe with saline, 10 ml syringe with 2 % xylocaine
Veress needle, 10 mm port, 1 or 2 5 mm port, 30 degree 10 mm telescope, Atraumatic grasper, 5 mm suction and irrigation apparatus. Methylene blue dye, 10 ml syringe, Rubins cannula

Hysteroscopic Instruments:

Sims speculum, Vulsellum, Alleys forceps, Uterine sound, Hegars dilator, 30 degree 4 mm Telescope, 4 channel diagnostic sheath
IV line, Normal saline, 2 Monitors, Light source , CCD each

Procedural Steps:
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy with tubal patency test
  • Diagnostic hysterscopy 
  • Selective Tubal Cannulation
  • Selective  chrompertubation

Executional steps:

Patient position:

Modified lithotomy with head end low by 15 degree and the vagina of patient  should be at level of surgeons elbow
General anesthesia is given along with local anesthesia  at port sites with 2 % xylocaine.

Position of personnel:

Surgeon on the left side of patient, in coaxial line with target and monitor. Height of table to be 0.49 x ht of surgeon in cm, monitor to be at distance that equals to 5 times the diagonal length of monitor. Camera assistant on right of surgeon. Assistant in between legs of patient. Anaesthetist on the cephalad position.
Parts are cleaned with antiseptic and draped.

Port Position:

Two ports: Optical port in inferior umbilical crease.
For diagnostic: one 5mm lateral port in left iliac fossa  or suprapubic port (3 -5 cm above pubic symphysis  in midline) 
In case of operative: 2 lateral ports by base ball diamond concept 
 Diagnostic Laparoscopy
  1. Make a transverse stab wound with size11 blade at the inferior crease of umbilicus
  2. Check the spring of veress needle as well as patency with saline in 10mm syringe
  3. Hold the entire thickness of the infra-umbilical abdomen wall in middle to measure the thickness of abdominal wall then hold the  veress needle like a dart at a distance  equal to 4cm plus  abdominal wall thickness
  4. Insert  the Veress needle perpendicular to abdominal wall  and 45 degrees to the  body of  patient, pointing towards anus until 2 clicks are felt  
  5. Push 5 ml normal saline and suck back : in intraperitoneal placement  there is free flow of  saline into abdominal cavity  and air bubbles are sucked out.
  6. Hang a drop of saline on veress and pull abdominal wall then drop goes into abdominal cavity. 
  7. Switch on the insufflator, let air flow start then connect the tube to veress needle with flow  rate of 1L/min.  observe the monitor, once 500 ml of C02 is in  then increase the flow rate to 2.5 lt /min till 1.5 lt of gas is in, at this point of time, a preset pressure of 12 -15 mm hg is reached.
  8. Increase the size of  skin incision by 11 blade to make a smiley in the infra umbilical crease, to fit a 10mm port. This can be pre-checked by placing  10mm port for estimation of incision.
  9. With artery forceps open obliterated vitellointestine duct till rectus sheath & insert 10mm port  holding it like a Gun with tip of index finger at half way distance from piercing end, middle  finger wrapping gas port & then thenar eminence pressing trochar against cannula.
  10. With screwing movement enter abdominal cavity perpendicularly & hear for single click. Take out cannula & hear for hissing sound of gas which confirm intraperitoneal placement.
  11. Inserts the telescope after white balancing and focussing at a distance of 10 cm  and confirm intraperitoneal position.
  12. Insert the 5mm lateral port under direct vision in left iliac fossa avoiding vessels after giveing skin incision
  13. Inserts atraumatic grasper through 5mm port.
  14. Surgeon can hold both the telescope and working instrument for diagnostic laparoscopy
  15. In case of operative laparoscopy, camera person can hold the telescope
  16. Inspect the entire abdomen in clockwise direction 
  17. With patient in steep trendelenberg position ( 30 degree head down )  
  18. First visualise structures just below umbilicus then caecum, appendix, right ascending colon.
  19. In reverse trendelenberg position :withdraw the telescope little bit to see the right lobe of liver, gall bladder, stomach, left lobe of liver, spleen, left colon then pelvic  cavity.
  20. Inspects pelvis : trendelenberg position with uterus lifted anteriorly with vaginal hegars dilator. Push the bowel above sacral promontory.
  21. See the uterus , ovaries , both tubes, bladder ,cul de sac, sacral promontory.
  22. Can watch  persistalsis  of ureter , iliac vessels , triangle of doom ,triangle of pain and trapezoid of disaster.
  23. Inspect the medial umbilical ligament, median umbilical ligament ,broad ligament, round ligament , infundibulo pelvic ligament and deep inguinal ring.
  24. Mobilise the sigmoid colon to visualise left side of pelvis.
  25. Always first inspect the upper abdomen then only inspect pelvic cavity

Tubal Patency Test

Tubal patency test:
  1. Assistant in between the legs will fix the  rubins cannula to cervix and inject the  diluted methylene blue dye into  uterine cavity  and the surgeon looks for free flow of dye through bilateral fimbrial ends  with help of atraumatic grasper supporting  the tube from behind  and  lifting the tube anteriorly to visualise the fimbrial end 
  2. If there is a leak of dye  from cervix , can reduce by grasping  the cervix with alleys to avoid false negative tubal patency test. Some times can block the contralateral tube by atruamtic grasper so that dye enters ipsilateral tube to check patency.
  3. Suck all the methylene blue dye from cul de sac after completion of patency test.
  4. Laparoscopy must be done first so that cervical dilatation can be done under vision to avoid uterine perforation.

Diagnostic Hysteroscopy 
Diagnostic Hysteroscopy:
  1. Check the 4mm 30 degree rigid telescope and clean the eye piece of  telescope with gauge
  2. Attach the telescope to 7 mm, 4 channel operative  sheath after removing the obturator (lines on telescope , diagnostic sheath must be parallel and turn and lock it).
  3. Surgeon sits in between the legs
  4. Insert the vaginal sims speculum into vagina
  5. Hold the cervix with vulsellum and dilate the cervix upto 10 hegar
  6. Attach warm normal saline to inflow  of  4 channel  operative sheath .
  7. Do the  white balancing and focusing at 4 cm distance  
  8. CCD cable must be at 6 o clock position and light source should be  at  12 o clock to see the posterior wall of uterus, rotate only the light source to 6 o clock to see the anterior wall of uterus and keep the light source to left to see right of uterine cavity and vice versa.
  9. An arrow mark on monitor also shows us the position of light cable.
  10. Insert  slowly and smoothly the  hysteroscope  with inflow on and light source on  into  the uterine cavity through  the cervical canal.
  11. Insert the hysteroscope till  fundus is seen then await till normal saline distends the uterine cavity and becomes clear.
  12. Some endometrial flakes and blood clots might be there.
  13. Systemically visualize the endometrium on  fundus, anterior wall , posterior wall, both lateral walls of uterine cavity and both tubal ostia for normalcy or  any lesions. Inspect the shape and size of  uterine cavity.
  14. Air bubbles will be seen near tubal ostia if tubes are patent
 Tubal cannulation and selective chrompertubation:
  1. Take a 60 cm coaxial Novy catheters (3-Fr catheter with 1 cm markings, 5-Fr catheter and an intraluminal guidewire <0.5mm in diameter)
  2. Insert  5 fr catheter directly into the 2mm working channel of operative hysteroscope and selectively bent or steered to a position in apposition to the tubal opening.
  3.  Inject  Diluted methylene blue  through the catheter into the Fallopian tube and observe the laparoscopic appearance of the proximal and distal Fallopian tube Identify the presence of expelled mucus plugs from the fimbriae
  4. If proximal occlusion is not relieved during selective injection of dye, the inner catheter is then introduced through 5 fr catheter with guide wire. 
  5. The tube is cannulated first with the wire guide ( soft tip goes into fallopian tube), and then the inner catheter is brought over it.
  6. Cannulation of the Fallopian Tube               
  7. The wire and cannula will be advanced until the surgeon could identify the wire and cannula within the tube, or until it was clear the tube could not be cannulated.
  8. The tube always was cannulated beyond the previously identified area of obstruction as seen on HSG.
  9. The surgeon can manipulate the tube to decrease the angle between the isthmus and the cornu to facilitate the cannulation.
  10. Upon withdrawal of the wire guide, selective injection of dye will verify successful recanalization of the Fallopian tube  under laparoscopic observation.
  11. If dye is observed to spill from fimbrial end: tube is patent
  12. Same procedure is  repeated on opposite side if it has proximal obstruction.
  13. Remove the hysteroscope , stop the saline inflow
  14. Remove the 5mm port under direct vision and then 10mm port is removed first followed by telescope.
  15. Deflate the abdomen and close 10mm port 
  16. No need to close rectus of any ports if it is all 5mm, only dressing and bandage application is enough
  17. Patient and attenders to be explained the intraoperative findings and the Copy of edited video of the surgery must be given to them 
Mar 1st, 2017 12:54 am
Nicely written about Task Analysis of Hysteroscopic Tubal Cannulation for Proximal Tubal Obstruction.thanks Dr G Sree Lakshmi

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