Information on Tubal Ligation Reversal

There are many reasons why women decide to have a tubal reversal. There are those who since the operation find they suffer from severe menstrual cramps or related symptoms and believe a reversal will make this go away, other women may feel they didn’t think about the consequences of a tubal ligation seriously enough and now regret the decision they made. At the time they may have been suffering from stress whilst in a strained relationship or perhaps they already had children and felt they would never want anymore. For some, the decision is made simply because they want to return their bodies back to how they once were, for some women it will make them feel more ‘womanly’.

The main reason women decide on reversing tubal ligation is because they want to have more children; this could be as a result of a child’s death or because they have since remarried and now want the option of having children with their new partner. Tubal ligation reversal proves to be, for many women, an operation that can give them a new lease of life.

When Tubal ligation is performed, it prevents anything from getting in or out of the fallopian tubes, in other words an egg and a sperm will never meet again. This is normally viewed as a permanent situation; however for those women who decide they want more children there is a way to reopen the tubes. This is accomplished by cutting away the section of the tube that was tied and re-attaching it. How many years it has been since the tubal ligation was done is irrelevant as no damage is caused by the length of time.

There are different ways a surgeon can carry out tubal ligation or tubal blockage. One of the most frequently used techniques performed by surgeons is to tie a surgical ligature around the fallopian tube, thus making a loop; this is the part that is then removed so the two tubal sections are separated. Another technique seals a section of the tube off by utilizing two ligatures and this section is then removed. There are some methods in use whereby the tubes are burned, or clips and rings are applied to block the tubes. Uses of tubal rings or clips are generally the least damaging to a woman’s tubes and will achieve the best results when reversing the procedure.

Reversing a tubal ligation can be carried out on an outpatient basis, making the procedure less expensive and allowing you to return home on the same day. Taking around an hour for the reversal, you can choose to have it in a hospital or at a fertility clinic. For many women a clinic where the doctors specialize in tubal reversal surgery and have more experience would be a better choice. Make sure to always check the reputation and experience of the surgeon who will be performing the operation. The recovery time should take around a week or two and you will be able to start trying for a baby after around 3 weeks.

Compared to IVF treatment, the benefits of having tubal reversal surgery are the costs, you only need the operation once and a large percentage of times it is successful. The operation is also much simpler to prepare for and perform. Your age for a tubal reversal is not significant; however younger women conceive easier and so success rates for them are naturally higher.

In certain cases insurance companies will be able to help with the costs of tubal ligation reversal, but check with them first as this isn’t that common. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery and what their credentials are for performing it. If you decide to undergo the reversal at a tubal reversal clinic, your doctor should have a lot of previous experience in this type of surgery. The more experience they have the better your experience and the results will be. Ask them about their rate of success conceiving following tubal reversal surgery, this of course will depend on your age and the type of tubal ligation you have.

A decent clinic will with no exceptions always offer 24 hour aftercare straight after the operation and you should be given a number to call if you have any issues or questions. The clinic should also call to check your progress. Check online for any further details regarding tubal ligation surgery.