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Occasionally, after a woman has had a tubal ligation (also known as “having your tubes tied”), she has a change of heart and wants to get pregnant. Although tubal ligation patients are advised beforehand that the procedure is permanent, the fallopian tubes can sometimes be reopened using a procedure called tubal reversal, tubal sterilization reversal, or tubal reanastomosis.
A tubal reversal can also be used to repair a portion of the fallopian tubes damaged by disease. If the tubal problem is the only cause of a woman’s infertility, a successful tubal reversal can cure it.
Whatever the reason for a tubal reversal, the procedure is the same. Reversals for infertility are usually performed laparoscopically through a small incision in the abdomen. The blocked portion of the tubes is removed and the two healthy ends are joined, hopefully creating a whole, healthy fallopian tube.
Tubal reversal patients typically require a brief post-surgical hospital stay. They can usually return to normal daily activities within a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on their condition.
The success of any fallopian tube procedure depends largely on the location and extent of the blockage and the presence of other fertility problems. The success of a tubal reversal is related to the tubal ligation method that was used, how recently it was performed, and the woman’s age-related fertility. In other words, the older the woman, the less likely she is to conceive under any circumstances. Other factors include the presence of scar tissue or other disease in the pelvic area and the surgeon’s level of skill.
Risks of Tubal Reversal