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Salpingectomy refers to the surgical removal of a Fallopian tube.


The procedure was first performed by Lawson Tait in patients with a bleeding ectopic pregnancy; this procedure has since saved the lives of countless women. Other indications for a salpingectomy include infected tubes, (as in a hydrosalpinx) or as part of the surgical procedure for tubal cancer.


Salpingectomy has traditionally been done via a laparotomy; more recently however, laparoscopic salpingectomies have become more common as part of minimally invasive surgery.

Related procedures

Salpingectomy is commonly done as part of a procedure called a salpingo-oophorectomy, where one or both ovaries, as well as one or both Fallopian tubes, are removed in one operation (a "Bilateral" Salpingo-Oophorectomy (BSO) if both ovaries and Fallopian tubes are removed). If a BSO is combined with a hysterectomy, the procedure is commonly called a TAH-BSO: Total Abdominal Hysterectomy with a Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy.

Salpingectomy is different from a salpingostomy, a procedure where an opening is made into the tube to remove the ectopic embryo, but the tube itself is not removed.cite journal |author=Pal L, Parkash V, Rutherford TJ |title=Omental trophoblastic implants and hemoperitoneum after laparoscopic salpingostomy for ectopic pregnancy. A case report |journal=The Journal of reproductive medicine |volume=48 |issue=1 |pages=57–9 |year=2003 |pmid=12611098 |doi=]


Salpingectomies were performed in the United States in the 20th century in accordance with eugenics legislation. From "Buck v. Bell:"

The Virginia statute providing for the sexual sterilization of inmates of institutions supported by the State who shall be found to be afflicted with an hereditary form of insanity or imbecility, is within the power of the State under the Fourteenth Amendment. [ [ Buck v. Bell ] ]


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  • salpingectomy — [sal΄pin jek′tə mē] n. pl. salpingectomies [ SALPING(O) + ECTOMY] the severing or excising of a fallopian tube, as in sterilizing a woman …   English World dictionary

  • salpingectomy — /sal pin jek teuh mee/, n., pl. salpingectomies. Surg. excision of the Fallopian tube. [1885 90; SALPING + ECTOMY] * * * …   Universalium

  • salpingectomy — noun Surgical removal of the Fallopian tubes …   Wiktionary

  • salpingectomy — Removal of the fallopian tube. SYN: tubectomy. [salping + G. ektome, excision] abdominal s. removal of one or both fallopian tubes through an abdominal incision. * * * sal·pin·gec·to·my .sal pən jek tə mē …   Medical dictionary

  • salpingectomy — n. surgical removal of the fallopian tubes (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • salpingectomy — [ˌsalpɪŋ dʒɛktəmi] noun (plural salpingectomies) surgical removal of the Fallopian tubes …   English new terms dictionary

  • salpingectomy — sal·pin·gec·to·my …   English syllables

  • salpingectomy — n. the surgical removal of a Fallopian tube. The operation involving both tubes is a permanent and completely effective method of contraception (see sterilization) since it prevents the egg cells passing from the ovaries to the uterus …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • salpingectomy — /sælpɪnˈdʒɛktəmi/ (say salpin jektuhmee) noun (plural salpingectomies) the excision of the fallopian tube. {salpinx + ectomy} …  

  • salpingectomy — n. (pl. ies) Med. the surgical removal of the Fallopian tubes …   Useful english dictionary

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