Frequently Asked Questions about Tubal Reversal: FAQ

Can my tubal ligation be reversed?

The vast majority of women with prior sterilization can have their tubes reopened. It is important that you obtain a copy of your surgical operative report and pathology report. The operative report will describe the type of tubal ligation that was done and the pathology report (if available) may give an estimate of the length of tube that was removed. These reports will be reviewed by our physicians and you will be contacted to discuss your probability of undergoing a successful tubal reversal. Please fax these reports to the Tubal Reversal Experts at 727-796-8764 or upload them HERE.

What is the success rate following a tubal reversal?

Pregnancy rates vary depending upon the type of tubal ligation, the age of the woman, the surgical training, skill and experience of the surgeon, and other possible fertility factors. The overall pregnancy rate is approximately 70%.

What type of physician performs tubal reversals?

Obstetrician-gynecologists with subspecialty fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology, infertility and microsurgery are most qualified. Technical skill levels in microsurgery is based upon level of training and experience. The most experienced physicians perform a minimum of a hundred tubal reversals a year.

What tests do I need before my tubal reversal surgery is done?

It is recommended that a semen analysis be performed on your current partner. In patients that are forty years of age or older, it is our recommendation that an AMH (Anti Mullerian Hormone) blood test be performed to ascertain ovarian reserve, i.e. the quality of eggs remaining in your ovaries.  Once scheduled for surgery, you will be given a prescription to have pre-op labs completed one week before your surgery date.  In general, this is a hematocrit or complete blood count (CBC) and blood pregnancy test.  These are basic tests required by the surgery center and can be completed in your hometown.

What risks may be associated with tubal reversal?

The risks associated with the surgery include injury to the bowel, bladder, or a blood vessel. There is the possibility of infection or of complications associated with anesthesia. The major risk associated with tubal reversal is a tubal pregnancy which occurs in approximately 10% of pregnancies after tubal surgery. When detected early, a tubal pregnancy may be treated medically and avoid the need for additional surgery. When a patient becomes pregnant, it is important that she contact her obstetrician  who will perform serial blood pregnancy tests and an ultrasound examination to determine the location of the pregnancy. Our staff will always be available to assist you if you have questions following your surgery.

How do I schedule an appointment for a tubal reversal?

After our physicians have reviewed your prior operative and pathology reports and have determined your potential success of a tubal reversal, we would then assist you in reserving your consultation or surgery. Contact us by: Phone: 1-866-tubal reversal (1-866-882-2573) Web: Scheduling Page.