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Research Grant to Fund Free Surgeries for Women Suffering From Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Date:5/20/2008

California infertility practice offering new out-patient procedures at no

charge for treating hydrosalpinx

SAN RAMON, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Compass Clinical Research and the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area (RSC) are hoping to recruit between 20 to 50 women suffering from hydrosalpinx, a build-up of fluid in the fallopian tubes that can cause infertility, to receive free surgeries as a part of a study of the effectiveness of a new out-patient procedure used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Dr. Donald I. Galen, Research Director at Compass Clinical Research and Reproductive Science Center's tubal reversal specialist and world pioneer in reproductive technological device development, will supervise the 20-minute procedures at RSC's San Ramon center. Compass Clinical Research and Reproductive Science Center, one of the first FDA's principal clinical investigative sites in the nation for early clinical trials with tubal closure devices, received both FDA and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for this new study.

The presence of a hydrosalpinx on one or both fallopian tubes has been associated with a reduction of approximately 50 percent in clinical pregnancy rates following IVF. Most reproductive specialists recommend surgical removal or closure (occlusion) of the impaired tube(s) before proceeding with IVF. The new ESSURE micro-insert off-label method for occluding tubes with hydrosalpinx is thought to increase chances of successful IVF, and it is a less invasive procedure with lower risks and costs than traditional surgery.

Fluid blockage in a fallopian tube, usually at the end closest to the ovary, makes it difficult for a woman to become pregnant. Traditional treatment with laparoscopic surgery involves the removal of part of the fallopian tube that generates the fluid. However, these surgeries are not always successful in achieving complete removal of p
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