What if my tubes cannot be repaired?

This is very seldom a problem. Most all tubal ligations can be reversed. We screen our patients carefully and we only see two or three patients in a year that we cannot reverse at least one side. 97 out of 100 patients we see leave here with two good tubes. There are patients who cannot have a tubal reversal and patients who can be reversed but reversal is a bad idea.

The question should be can I be reversed and get pregnant. If you don’t have at least 6 centimeters of tube on one side after your tubal reversal, your chances of successful reversal are 20% or less. We like to see a copy of your doctor’s tubal ligation op note to see how your tubes were tied so we can tell if tubal reversal is a good idea for you.

If we can get a copy of the doctor’s dictated operative note from your tubal ligation we can give you a good idea of your chances of success. If that is not available, we can look first through a very small incision just above your tubes to see if you are “fixable”, only one percent, one patient in 100 cannot be fixed at all.

The last thing I have to say about this is that each tubal reversal patient is different. If you are less than 40 years of age, were real fertile before your tubes were tied and are in good health you may well get pregnant easily with short tubes that would not work for someone else who does not have as good underlying fertility as you do.

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