What Is Tubal Ligation Reversal?
How Is Tubal Reversal Done?
You'll need to go to a hospital or an "outpatient" center -- a place where you don't stay overnight after surgery. You'll be given general anesthesia, which means you'll be pain-free and won't be awake during the operation.
Your surgeon places a small lighted scope, called a laparoscope, through your belly button and into the pelvis area. This lets him look at your fallopian tubes and decide if reversal surgery is possible.
If he decides it's OK to do the reversal, your doctor then makes a small surgical cut, called a "bikini cut," near your pubic hair line. Microscopic instruments attached to the end of the laparoscope let him remove any clips or rings that were used to block your tubes, and reconnect the ends of the tubes to the uterus, using very small stitches.
The surgery usually takes about 2 to 3 hours.
Recovery After a Tubal Reversal
Recovery time depends on the surgical method your doctor used. Tubal reversal is major abdominal surgery that is more difficult and takes longer to do than your original tube-tying operation.
Some women may need to stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days. But today, tubal reversal surgery is most often done using "microsurgical" techniques. An overnight hospital stay may not be needed. Women who have the microsurgical method usually go home the same day, typically within 2to 4 hours after the surgery is complete.
Your doctor will prescribe painkillers to help you manage any discomfort. Most women go back to their normal activities within 2 weeks.
Pregnancy Success Rates After Reversal
If your remaining fallopian tubes are healthy, and you and your partner don't have any other infertility issues, you have a good chance of getting pregnant after tubal reversal.
Keep in mind, though, that it doesn't work for everyone. Age plays an important role in whether you get pregnant after tubal reversal. Older women are much less likely than younger woman to have success.
In general, pregnancy success rates range from 40% to 85%. When pregnancy does happen, it's usually within the first year.