On November 13th, I went to Hopkins for outpatient laparoscopic surgery to have one of my Fallopian tubes removed, otherwise referred to as a Salpingectomy. I was nervous and apprehensive because going in, my surgeon discussed the different results with us. He told us the plan was to remove my blocked tube, but if he saw any scar tissue or damage to my other tube, he would remove those as well. The uncertainty was a little scary because having both tubes removed gave us a different prognosis and outlook for fertility and getting pregnant. But I wanted the tube (and frankly anything else damaged) removed because of the concern of it rupturing or causing issues if I did get pregnant.
Fast forward a few hours, and it turns out I did not have hydrosalpinx (blocked tube), but I did have “abnormal anatomy” according to my surgeon. When he got in to remove the tube and started looking around, he saw adhesions, which is scar tissue, and a jumble of reproductive organs. My fallopian tube, ovary, and the ligaments connecting them were stuck together with scar tissue. My surgeon believes the reproductive endocrinologist mistook the adhesions and anatomy for hydrosalpinx because everything jumbled together looked like an enlarged, fluid filled tube. And although the tube may technically be clear and open, it is in effect still damaged because of the scar tissue and irregular connection between it and the ovary.