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.
In September 2011, a gynecologic surgeon at Sisters of Charity Hospital performed the area’s first tubal reversal surgery using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.
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.
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.
Success of tubal reversal is generally 80-90% for an ideal patient.
If you had your tubes tied at the time of cesarean section or shortly after a vaginal delivery, the chances of success of tubal reversal might be somewhat reduced since a larger portion of the tube is typically removed.
If the tubes were burned or if too much of the tubes was removed, the success rate decreases significantly.
The appropriate timing of tubal reversal is determined by the patient's age, not the time that has passed since tubal ligation. Generally, most patients younger than 35-40 are appropriate candidates.
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