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Is Tubal Reversal an Option for Me?

When you think that your family is complete, tubal ligation is one of the most effective birth control measures available. This minimally invasive procedure closes your Fallopian tubes, so you don’t need to use other contraception to prevent pregnancy.

Still, if there’s one constant in life, it’s change. Regardless of your reason, if you want to have more children after a tubal ligation, we can help. The team of fertility experts here at IVFMD offers tubal reversal procedures for women from in and around Irving, Grapevine, and Arlington, Texas.

Learn how a tubal ligation reversal works and whether the procedure is right for you.

Opening the path to pregnancy

Tubal ligation is so effective at preventing pregnancy because the procedure blocks your Fallopian tubes. This means when you ovulate, your eggs don’t travel to your uterus or have the opportunity to join with a sperm cell. Tubal ligation is 99% effective and lasts forever, which is why it’s classified as a sterilization procedure.

However, we all know that things change. If you change your mind about having more children after a tubal ligation, you’re in luck. We can reverse the procedure and restore your fertility.

Our doctors offer tubal reversal procedures to unblock your Fallopian tubes and open the pathway for your eggs to travel to your womb and join with a sperm cell. The doctors use state-of-the-art, minimally invasive microsurgical tools to unblock and reconnect your Fallopian tubes. They have excellent success rates, although many factors affect your chances of becoming pregnant after a tubal ligation.

What happens during a tubal ligation reversal

While you’re under anesthesia, your doctor makes a small incision in your lower abdomen, just above your pubic hairline. They reconnect your Fallopian tubes laparoscopically using microsurgical instruments and remove any adhesions or scar tissue that could interfere with your fertility.

After reattaching your tubes, your surgeon injects a dye into your uterus. They watch your tubes to ensure there isn’t any leakage and that your Fallopian tubes are fully reconnected. The whole process only takes between one to three hours.

Once your surgeon finishes, they wait for your anesthesia to wear off and perform a post-surgical exam to ensure you’re in good health before releasing you. A friend or family member should drive you home since you may still be groggy from the anesthesia.

We provide customized aftercare instructions, but you should plan on taking it easy for the next few days as your body recovers. In most cases, you can begin to try to get pregnant after approximately four weeks.

Am I a good candidate for tubal ligation reversal?

Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that a tubal ligation reversal procedure will allow you to conceive again. Your chances of getting pregnant depend on certain factors, including how long ago you had your tubes tied. For example, if your ligation is recent, your body might not have created scar tissue that can interfere with your fertility even after a reversal, increasing your chances of success.

Another potential issue is how much healthy Fallopian tube tissue remains after your tubal ligation. The more remaining Fallopian tissue, the better because your physician will have more to work with while reconnecting your tubes.

Your age affects your fertility, regardless of whether you’ve had a tubal reversal. If you’re over age 30, your fertility naturally declines, and your chances are lower of conceiving, even with a tubal reversal.

However, every patient is unique. Our team provides thorough exams and consultations to determine if a tubal ligation can restore your fertility. If not, we offer a comprehensive range of other fertility treatments to consider.

Call us, or schedule a consultation online today if you want to find out if a tubal ligation can restore your fertility.

Sy Le, M.D.
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