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    What Is Tubal Ligation Reversal?

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    Besides your age, getting pregnant after tubal reversal depends on things such as:

    • Type of tubal ligation procedure you had
    • Length of your remaining fallopian tubes, and whether they still work properly
    • Amount of scar tissue in your pelvic area
    • Results of your partner's sperm count and other fertility tests
    • Your surgeon's skill

    You'll need another X-ray dye test (hysterosalpingogram) about 3 to 4 months after surgery to make sure your tubes are open and working right.

    Complications and Risks

    All surgery has some risk. It's rare, but it's possible you could have bleeding, infection, damage to nearby organs, or reactions to anesthesia. Tubal reversal also gives you a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside your womb.

    And sometimes, the area where you had the tubal reversal forms scar tissue and blocks the fallopian tubes again.

    How Much Does Tubal Reversal Surgery Cost?

    Insurance doesn't typically cover the procedure. Tubal reversal is expensive -- several thousand dollars for the surgery, along with anesthesia and hospital fees and the cost of fertility tests that you need to get before the procedure.

    Alternatives to Tubal Reversal Surgery

    You may want to consider in vitro fertilization (IVF). In this procedure, your egg and a man's sperm are fertilized outside the womb in a laboratory dish. The fertilized egg (embryo) is later placed into your womb.

    IVF is also an option if you don't get pregnant after tubal reversal surgery.

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    Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on October 17, 2014
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