We frequently get concerns from patients “do I have enough tube left to be reversed” or “will I have enough tube to get pregnant” The answer is almost certainly yes. Our average finished tube length is 7 centimeters and that is plenty tube to get pregnant. Some patients have short tubes when we reverse them and less chance to get pregnant but that does not happen very often.
What is most important is your underlying fertility. I you got pregnant easily before your tubes were tied you will have a better chance of success after reversal. I think it’s very important to say that the only way to tell for sure if you have enough length in your tubes (most patients do) is to look at them and see. No X-ray, CAT scan, MRI or hysterosalpingogram (HSG test) can tell if you have enough tube. We always try to get your op note from your tubal ligation because it usually lets us re-assure you that your doctor who tied your tubes left you in good shape. There is no charge for this. When we can’t get your op note we usually can learn about your tubal ligation by talking to you. There is no charge for this, either.