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Common Questions Answered About Tubal Ligation Reversal

Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked, cut, or sealed to prevent her eggs from traveling from the ovaries to the fallopian tubes, where they could be fertilized by sperm. Some women choose to have their fallopian tubes tied as a form of contraception and sterilization. But just as life changes, so do decisions about family and the desire to conceive more children. NCCRM fertility clinic Cary NC employs some of the best tubal reversal doctors that specialize in tubal ligation reversal, a major surgery to reattach the cut or sealed ends of a woman’s fallopian tools. 

Are You A Candidate For Tubal Ligation Reversal?

Several factors play a key role in the success rate of tubal ligation reversal. These include the type of tubal ligation procedure originally performed and the amount of damage caused by the original tubal ligation procedure.

Forms of tubal ligation where reversal is most successful:

  • Postpartum Tubal Ligation – A small piece of the tube is removed immediately following childbirth. If less than 2.5cm of the tube was removed, you should be able to reverse your tubal ligation.
  • Falope rings and Filshie clips – Offer an easily reversible form of tubal ligation as well.
  • Fulguration – “Burning” of the tube can be repaired if less than 2.5cm of the tube was damaged.
  • Women who’ve undergone a fimbriectomy can have a procedure called a neosalpingostomy. With fimbriectomy, the ends of the tubes have been removed, and the reversal procedure creates a new opening at the end of the tube.

Some forms of sterilization that are difficult or impossible to reverse:

  • Salpingectomy – If you had this procedure, your tubes were totally removed. Your only option is IVF.
  • Essure or Adiana sterilizations – Not reversible and these patients need will to undergo IVF.

Age is also a critical factor. For patients 44 and older, the chances of having a successful pregnancy using your own eggs are very low. For these patients, the tubal reversal doctors at NCCRM fertility clinic Cary NC recommend using an egg donor.

What To Expect With A Tubal Ligation Reversal

A tubal reversal is an outpatient, same-day surgical procedure resulting in just a small, 2 to 3-inch bikini incision. The recovery period is short, and most patients can go back to work and other normal activity quickly within 7 to 10 days. After a tubal reversal procedure, patients can start trying to get pregnant with their next menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that tubal ligation reversal will result in pregnancy. Depending on the method used for tubal ligation and how much of the fallopian tube is damaged after tubal ligation, success rates for reversals are about 70% to 80%, with approximately half of those women becoming pregnant. 

NCCRM Tubal Reversal Doctors

For more information from the tubal reversal doctors at NCCRM fertility clinic Cary NC, visit our website or call our office today. NCCRM was established in 1992 to provide advanced reproductive techniques to couples who dream of having their own child. We invite you to put your confidence in our team at NCCRM, we look forward to working with you!

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