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Learn More About Tubal Reversal Success

Are you considering reversing your tubal ligation?

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Learn more about tubal reversal success

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns and the decision to tie your tubes earlier in life to prevent pregnancy may now have you questioning if it was the right decision after all. The microsurgical technique of tubal ligation reversal may give you the chance to conceive naturally again. However, tubal reversal success depends a lot on what method of sterilization your surgeon used.

Tubal reversal microsurgery can be a highly successful, outpatient procedure for couples who want to have a baby after having tubal ligation surgery, commonly known as having your “tubes tied.” Tubal reversal repairs the fallopian tube after a tubal ligation procedure.

Success rates for tubal reversal depend on the ligation method your surgeon used

Having surgery of any kind is a major decision. Although 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 they 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. Understanding how your surgeon tied your tubes, then, is critical to determining your tubal reversal success.

Below are average success rates of tubal reversal surgery for the most common types of ligation methods:


Since the ligation methods for sterilization vary in the severity of injury occurring to the fallopian tubes, an operative report from your tubal ligation surgeon is crucial to determining whether you are a good candidate. 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.

And, if you fall into the categories where the success of a reversal is low, or if you want to avoid another surgery entirely, then in vitro fertilization may be an option you’d like to consider as a means of conceiving.

Contact our office at 888-467-2229 to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians.

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