Microscopic Tubal Reversal
Tubal Ligation Reversal is the repairing of tied or blocked fallopian tubes to restore fertility after a tubal ligation. Tubal ligation was considered to be a permanent method of female sterilization and most women who undergo tubal ligation are told that it is irreversible. However, tubal reversal is now offered as an outpatient microsurgery procedure that results in a fast recovery, lower cost and higher pregnancy rate. This new approach makes it the best option for women who have undergone tubal ligation and who want another chance to have more children.
Dr. Blaudeau has developed a more advanced technique for the tubal reversal procedure, compared to the traditional approach. Using microscopic techniques, Dr.Blaudeau begins with a small incision just above and parallel to the public bone. To minimize trauma to the tissue, he avoids using any self-retaining retractors. To minimize pain, he uses local anesthesia at every stage of the procedure. The technique also minimizes bleeding, post-operative pain and results in a rapid patient recovery.
The success of tubal ligation reversal depends on several factors, including a woman’s age, the method of tubal ligation and remaining tubal lengths. The best way to find out what your prognosis may be after tubal reversal is by reviewing the operative report from your tubal ligation. A copy of your operative report can be obtained from either the physician or hospital where the procedure was performed. The success rate for re-opening the tubes is over 80%, and two-thirds of patients become pregnant after this procedure.
Patients are typically discharged from the facility within the same day after surgery and can expect to resume normal activity within 7-10 days. The patient will be required to visit Dr.Blaudeau for 2 post-operative visits. The first visit is for Dr.Blaudeau to check the incision and make sure you are healing properly. In the last visit, he will perform a radiology test to show if the operation was successful and if the tube is open. The procedure takes about 10 minutes to perform and is similar to a Pap smear test.
Dr. Francois Blaudeau and his staff maintain long-term contact with his tubal reversal patients to assist them in any way they can. Remember, the main risk of tubal ligation reversal is a tubal pregnancy, which occurs up to 10% of the time. The Center for Advanced Gynecology Surgery is available to address any concerns patients may have concerning tubal reversal.