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Tubal Ligation Reversal

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Complications and Risks

All surgery carries some risk. Risks are very rare but may include bleeding, infection, damage to nearby organs, or reactions to anesthesia.

Women who have tubal reversal have an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside of the womb -- usually inside a fallopian tube. This condition requires immediate medical attention.

In some cases, the area of the tubal reversal forms scar tissue and re-blocks the fallopian tubes.

How Much Does Tubal Reversal Surgery Cost?

Insurance does not 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 required before the procedure .

 

Alternatives to Tubal Reversal Surgery

An option to tubal reversal is in vitro fertilization (IVF), a form of assisted reproduction in which a woman's egg and man's sperm are fertilized outside the womb in a laboratory dish. The fertilized egg (embryo) is later placed into a woman's womb. Increasing IVF success rates have led to a decrease in the number of tubal reversal in recent years.

IVF may also be an option for women who cannot achieve pregnancy after tubal reversal surgery.

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Reviewed by Mikio A. Nihira, MD on October 13, 2012
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