Tubal ligation reversal is a surgical procedure to reopen, “untie”, or rejoin a woman’s fallopian tubes so fertility potential is restored and she can become pregnant.
When is Tubal Reversal Used?
After the human egg is fertilized in the fallopian tube, it then travels to the uterus and implants itself into the uterine wall where it will begin to grow. Women who do not want to have more children often elect to have the fallopian tubes cut and sealed or clamped and blocked. This is called tubal ligation, and in many cases this can be reversed, restoring a woman’s fertility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 25 percent of women who had a tubal ligation, “expressed a desire for reversal of the operation, on the part of herself, her husband or partner, or both.” Further, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women younger than age 30 are more likely to regret having their tubes tied.
Is Tubal Reversal The Right Choice For Me?
The first step in having your fertility restored is to meet and consult with a doctor at Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology. We will review your medical history and determine which type of tubal ligation reversal procedure will maximize your chances of success. When desiring pregnancy, the decision to undergo a tubal reversal procedure should also be weighed against the potential for successful in vitro fertilization. Women who have a lesser chance of a successful tubal reversal are often advised to alternatively consider IVF.
Tubal Ligation Reversal Process
Tubal ligation reversal requires a small incision in the lower belly and many patients are able to leave the hospital the same day or after a single overnight stay. Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology’s doctors are experts in this procedure and use minimally invasive approaches to ensure the fastest recovery time.
If a woman and her partner do not have any other fertility issues, and if the remaining fallopian tubes are healthy, tubal ligation reversal offers a good chance of restoring the ability to become pregnant. As many as 80% of women may be able to conceive following a successful tubal ligation reversal. This number may be higher or lower depending on several individual circumstances.
The success of a tubal ligation reversal procedure depends on several factors, including:
- The age of the woman desiring the procedure
- The amount of damage caused by the initial tubal ligation procedure
- The type of tubal ligation procedure previously performed
- A woman’s overall health, including the health of her ovaries, uterus, and remaining fallopian tubes
We offer a free phone consultation to answer any questions you may have about your individual situation and help you to decide your best option. To learn if a tubal ligation reversal is the right choice for you, please call us at (303) 321-7115. You may also contact us via email with any questions you may have.