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Six Questions to Ask Your Fertility Doctor about Tubal Ligation Reversal
If you have had a tubal ligation procedure and are now longing for another child, you may consider tubal ligation reversal, or tubal repair.
Tubal ligation reversal is a reproductive surgery that repairs the fallopian tubes to allow a patient the chance to conceive with timed intercourse or intrauterine insemination (IUI). The procedure can be highly effective, but in some cases in vitro fertilization (IVF) is recommended.
The following are questions you should ask your fertility doctor regarding tubal ligation reversal:
- What is your experience tubal reversal surgery?
You should feel comfortable and confident working with a doctor who has had specialized training in reproductive surgeries and has extensive experience with tubal repair.
- What do you estimate my pregnancy success rate to be post-tubal repair?
Tubal reversal can be highly successful, especially for younger patients with a sufficient length of fallopian tube to be repaired. Many patients go on to get pregnant after the surgery. However, if there are male factor or other female factor infertility problems, or you do not have a sufficient length of fallopian tube to be repaired, your fertility doctor might encourage you to pursue IVF rather than tubal reversal for better odds of pregnancy.
- What are the costs of tubal repair surgery?
The costs of tubal ligation reversal can be significantly less expensive than IVF. However, if your estimated pregnancy success rates with IVF are higher than with tubal repair it might be cost efficient to do one IVF cycle versus tubal reversal and several IUI cycles, fertility drug cycles, or even IVF after tubal reversal.
- How should I prepare for my tubal ligation reversal?
You should be aware of any required pre-operation tests and any supplements or medications you will need to take prior to the procedure.
- What should I expect regarding my tubal ligation reversal recovery?
You should not only understand what the procedure involves, but also be aware of any post-operation activity restrictions, like heavy lifting, bed rest, or time off from work.
- Who should I contact with questions or concerns related to my tubal ligation reversal?
Some clinics instruct their patients to contact their fertility nurse with any questions or concerns. You should be aware of the number to call in the event of an off-hours emergency as well.
Our Patient Care Advocates can help you connect with a fertility doctor who specializes in tubal ligation reversal. Just fill out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form or call 1-855-955-BABY (2229).