Laparoscopic proximal tubal division can preserve ovarian reserve for infertility patients with hydrosalpinges

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To investigate whether laparoscopic proximal tubal division for the treatment of hydrosalpinges could preserve ovarian function.


From June 2002 to October 2006, before assisted reproductive treatment (ART), a total of 17 infertile patients with bilateral hydrosalpinges were studied – 11 patients underwent laparoscopic proximal tubal division (PTD group), and six underwent laparoscopic salpingectomy (salpingectomy group). In both groups, the basal follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) values before and after surgery, the operation time and outcome of ART treatment were retrospectively evaluated.


The mean FSH value before laparoscopic PTD was similar to that after surgery. The FSH value before laparoscopic salpingectomy significantly increased after surgery (6.8 ± 1.1 vs 14.1 ± 9.3). The operation time in the PTD group was significantly shorter than in the salpingectomy group. The outcomes of ART were similar in both groups. The pregnancy rate per patient in the PTD and salpingectomy groups were 45.5% and 50%, respectively.


Laparoscopic proximal tubal division preserved ovarian function and was an optimal operation method for infertility patients with hydrosalpinges. The basal FSH values after laparoscopic proximal tubal division were comparable to those before surgery.

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