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Is Reversal Right for Me?

Having surgery of any kind is a major decision

Decreased chance of tubal repairAlthough tubal reversal surgery is not right for everyone, in many cases it is a very successful option depending on how much damage was done to your fallopian tubes during ligation surgery.  The specific tubal ligation procedure your surgeon used is an important factor in whether you will have a successful tubal reversal surgery. Each of the ligation methods use different ways to prevent an egg from travelling down the fallopian tube to where it could potentially meet up with sperm.

Unfortunately, these procedures do not simply “tie” your fallopian tubes and therefore cannot be simply “untied.” Some methods cut off a segment of the tubes, others use a clip to pinch the tube closed, while others stitch the tube closed. Your chances of becoming pregnant again depend on the method used and how well the tube can be restored back to its original condition. Methods in which too much fallopian tube were cut away make pregnancy more difficult.

An operative report from your surgeon will help us determine if tubal reversal is right for you

Ideal situation for tubal repairOne way to determine whether tubal reversal surgery is the best option for you is through an interpretation of the operative report from your tubal ligation. With this information, our doctors can provide feedback on the type of sterilization that was performed and the amount of tube that may be remaining after the reversal and the likelihood of success. Obtaining your operative report from the surgeon who performed your tubal ligation can be facilitated using our Medical Release Form.

Since the ligation methods for sterilization vary in the severity of injury occurring to the fallopian tubes, an operative report is crucial to determining whether you are a good candidate.  If the operative report from your tubal ligation indicates there may be a problem in repairing the remaining tubal segments, or if you cannot get a copy of your operative report, you may be interested in the screening laparoscopy option offered at Fertility Answers.