DATE: May 4, 2016
CATEGORY: Tubal Reversal
Are There Benefits to Robotic Tubal Reversal?
My doctor referred me to a local group for robotic surgery to reverse my tubal ligation but it is very expensive, what do you think?
There are no advantages to either robotic or laparoscopic tubal reversal, period, exclamation point! There are no advantages in recovery time after surgery. Laparoscopic or robotic surgery requires a minimum of 4 incisions at various places in the abdomen, all of which will show in any 2-piece bathing suit. The incision we use is 2 inches right at or below your hairline and you will have to look a long time to find a bathing suit that will show it.
I want you to think about the last time you tied your shoes. You could feel when the knot was tight. You probably did not look to see if they were tied properly because your hands told you they were right. With robotic or laparoscopic surgery that feel is lost, they look at a television monitor to tie the sutures and hope for the best.
Another important consideration is suture material. We use 8-0 or sometimes 9-0 suture that is used in eye surgery. The finer the suture is important because the tube is very tiny and you don’t want thicker sutures to do the reversal. The smallest suture that is available to use robotically is 6-0 (the higher the number the finer the suture). Your robotic or laparoscopic surgeon has to use suture that is 2 to 3 sizes bigger than we use. Remember, smaller suture is better.
The final thing for you to consider is experience. Dr. Turner and I have performed over 3000 tubal reversals, and I can assure you that no one else has or ever will have that kind of experience because there are not enough people that have the money to pay the extra $2,000 to $5,000 dollars to reverse their tubes.