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Bonney's apparatus to determine restricted Fallopian tubes, England, 1979

A pair of Fallopian tubes connects the ovaries to the uterus within the female reproductive system. Disease or infection can block the fallopian tubes. This makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for eggs released from the ovaries to reach the uterus for fertilisation. This apparatus was named after its inventor, Dr Victor Bonney (1872-1953). He was an English obstetric surgeon. The apparatus was inserted into the fallopian tubes. These were then inflated by the surgeon holding a small hand pump. The pressure in the tube was gauged by a dial held in his other hand. The pressure gauge detected blockages within the tube.

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Glossary: genito-urinary medicine

The branch of medicine dealing with the genital and urinary organs.

Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: tubal insufflator

No description.

Glossary: fallopian tubes

The pair of fine channels through which eggs pass from a woman’s ovaries to her uterus.