There are not a lot of doctors that do tubal microsurgery but there are substantial differences in the fees. Would I be better off going somewhere more expensive?

A tubal ligation reversal in some hospitals can be $25,000 or more. At the Lakeshore Surgical Center, we keep costs down because we have had an in-house surgical suite since 1991, and Dr. Greene has been doing outpatient procedures since 1976. You can pay 2 to 3 times as much, but it does not guarantee you will have better results.

You need to make sure that the doctor does a lot of reversals. We see websites that say they do tubal reversals but when you look closely this is more of a “come-on” to get you in and talk you into IVF. We have had many patients who said they went to a local fertility specialist for reversal and the doctor immediately began to tell them they needed IVF. It may be that you need IVF but you need to consider tubal reversal first. It’s cheaper, safer and takes up a lot less of your time.

Another caution is to avoid doctors that have a menu list: so much for the doctor, so much for the hospital, so much for the anesthesia, so much if you weigh more than 150 pounds, so much if you have had previous c-sections and so on. Usually if someone opens the door to extra charges you are going to find that they apply to you. To a degree, whether you are talking about a paint job for your car or a tubal reversal, people who have deceptive business pricing policies are going to give you less value for your money.

At lakeshore surgical center we either can do your reversal or we cannot, we have no extras.< We used to recommend that patients with travel concerns just see if they could find someone locally for comfort reasons. For a number of reasons I now recommend that you go to somewhere like our clinic that does a lot of reversals. There are 3 or 4 centers that specialize in reversals and do the procedure for less than 7000 dollars. I think that if you don’t come here (my favorite), go to one of the other clinics that do a lot of reversals. Tubal reversal surgery is one time that you can pay a lot more and get a lot less. I can guarantee that if you have decided on tubal reversal of a tubal ligation or an Essure procedure you need to come to one of the facilities in the southeastern United States. The nice man or woman who delivered your baby may tell you that they do reversals but this is one time where experience counts. When the only thing you do is one type of operation you can do it through a smaller incision. Our incisions are usually 2 inches wide, never more than 3 inches. We have done almost 3000 tubal reversals and that’s the only thing we do in our licensed and accredited surgical center.

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