Tubal ligation is a procedure that permanently ends a woman's ability to have children. For women whose circumstances have changed and want to expand their family, a reversal offers a second chance to have a baby.
For an ideal patient, tubal ligation reversal is 80-90% successful.
Candidates for Surgery
Women who make the best candidates for surgery are younger than 40 and have a large proportion of healthy tube. Most likely, their ligations either:
- removed a small section of the fallopian tubes, or
- placed clips or rings around the tubes.
If you had your tubes tied at the time of a cesarean section or shortly after a vaginal delivery, the chances of success may be reduced since a larger portion of the tube is typically removed.
Ablation: While it is possible to have your tubes reversed after ablation, your chances of getting pregnant is exceedingly low because of scar tissue build-up in your uterus.
Fulgrated Tubes: Fulgrated tubes can be reversed. However, the success rate after reversal is 50%. Because of this, some surgeons decline to perform tubal reversal after fulguration. Others educate patients about their choices and let them decide if they wish to proceed.