May 23, 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.
Ralph C. Sperrazza, MD, an OB/GYN surgeon with Sisters of Charity Hospital, has seen an increase in the number of women who are looking for a second chance after undergoing a tubal ligation. Since 2006, Dr. Sperrazza has had thirteen patients under the age of 40 request tubal ligation reversals, called tubal reanastomosis. Of that number, he has achieved a remarkable success rate of over 90%, with twelve women successfully conceiving.
Women who make the best candidates for the reversal procedure are those whose tubal ligation included the removal of a small section of the fallopian tubes, or the use of clips or rings placed around the tubes to prevent eggs released during ovulation from traveling through the fallopian tubes.