After having several children, many women feel that their lives are complete, so they decide not to have any more. For most women in this situation, that decision comes well before she is out of her child bearing years, so she’ll have to look towards one of several types of birth control. Modern medial technology has allowed women to choose anything from a simple pill to major surgery as a means of preventing pregnancy. For a great number of women who do not wish to get pregnant again, tubal ligation is a viable option. For those women that change their minds later, doctors can reverse tubal ligation with fairly consistent success at repairing the damaged fallopian tubes.
Depending on the type of tubal ligation that was performed in the first place, a woman and her doctor have several choices for the reversal surgery. Of course, to do the procedure in the first place, the surgeon has to block or damage the fallopian tubes in some way that prevents it from transferring the egg to the uterus. The reversal surgery fixes the damage that was done in the first place, often by removing scar tissue and reattaching the two severed ends. One way to sterilize the patient is removing the fimbrial end of the tube, which, as it turns out, is also reversible.
You might be asking yourself if reversing a surgery meant to be permanent is possible? Well, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’, and not only is it possible, but doctors have found more and more reliable methods of doing it in recent years. Clips are removed, scarring is cut off, and ends are sutured back together. And in the case of a fimbriectomy, a new fimbrial end may actually be constructed using the good portion of the fallopian tubes.
In the simplest terms possible, it’s relatively easy to reverse tubal ligation. All the doctor needs to do is identify the damaged areas, fix the fallopian tubes, and the patient can work on getting pregnant once again.
The best doctors and surgeons in the country are continually searching for better and more effective ways to reverse tubal ligation. Success rates are that the most experienced surgeons, like Dr. Gary Berger, achieve in the neighborhood of 75% of patients able to get pregnant in less than a year. Recovery times vary, but some of those same very experienced doctors have surgical methods that minimize the physical impact of the surgery. Some doctors even allow post operative patients to go home the next day. When deciding how to reverse tubal ligation, consult with the best surgeon you can find, for he is the only one who can determine the absolute best way to repair your damaged fallopian tubes.