October 6, 2011
More than 650,000 women undergo tubal ligation in the United States annually, permanently ending their ability to have children. But what happens if circumstances change?
Studies show that within five years of undergoing a tubal ligation, approximately six percent of women decide they want to reverse the procedure to have a baby.
While this may seem like a small percentage overall, for the women affected, it represents a huge challenge. Last month, Ali Ghomi, MD, a gynecologic surgeon at Sisters of Charity Hospital, performed the area’s first tubal reversal surgery (tubal reanastomosis) using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.
Using the most advanced robotic technology available, Dr. Ghomi performed the delicate fallopian tube reconstructive surgery through four tiny dime-sized incisions in the patient’s abdomen.
With the da Vinci robotic tubal reversal procedure, patients are able to go home the same day and begin natural conception after a 7 to 10 day recovery period.
Traditionally, tubal ligation reversal surgery is performed using a Cesarean Section-type incision, followed by a two-day hospital stay and six to eight weeks of recovery. Patients may also have to postpone conception for up to two months to allow full recovery to take place.