Tubal ligation reversal: Stents

One doctor I talked to said he never uses stents and another said he always does; which is the right thing to do?

I was told in medical school “always never say never and always”. I think this question of stents is a perfect chance to apply this rule. A stent is a small piece of suture passed into the fallopian tube to align the separated ends while they are being sewn together. The way we do reversals, sewing the tube in layers from the inside to the outside seldom requires a stent. If a particular case requires a stent then we will use one. There is no credible evidence that the use of stents makes a woman more or less likely to have a baby after a tubal ligation reversal. In some cases it can make the surgery easier to do and that is a good thing.

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