If you had a tubal ligation, this means that your fallopian tubes were “tied” in some way, whether by blockage (being clamped closed with rings or clips), being tied, or being cut to close them. The idea behind this is that the closure of the tubes stops eggs from traveling from the ovaries into the fallopian tubes. The egg is normally fertilized by sperm in the fallopian tube.
Tubal ligation is considered to be a permanent form of birth control for women. But there is a procedure known as tubal reversal. Gynecology doctors such as those at Pacific Women’s Center can offer tubal reversal in Eugene.
What happens in a tubal reversal?
In a tubal reversal, the fallopian tubes will be re-opened. Depending on the method that was used to close them, they may be untied, reconnected or unblocked. A doctor’s willingness to do this tubal reversal procedure often depends on the reason why the procedure was done in the first place. Also, how old the woman was when it was done. Women who have the procedure thinking that they will never want children do change their minds as they get older. It is possible that this tubal reversal procedure will allow them the opportunity to become pregnant.
The doctor will want to ask you what type of surgery you had to have the tubal ligation. If you have ever been pregnant before and the outcome of that pregnancy is important for the doctor to know. Certain pelvic issues such as endometriosis or fibroids can cause scar tissue. This may be hard to overcome in a tubal reversal. The doctor will also want to review your previous hospital records.
If you have had a tubal ligation and want to become pregnant following a tubal reversal, it would be a good idea to have your partner examined. Ruling out an infertility issue in your partner could be the first step to making sure that you have the ability to get pregnant even if you do have the tubal reversal. Twenty to 40 percent of infertility issues in couples are caused by an issue with the man.
Recovery after a tubal reversal
Tubal reversal is generally a hospital or outpatient procedure. You’ll receive general anesthesia while your doctor uses a laparoscope to look into your pelvic area. If the doctor sees a promising situation for a reversal, he or she will then make a small incision. The incision allows them to access the area where the tubes are blocked and to make the reconnection. After the surgery, you may be allowed to go home, but you will be uncomfortable and will have a recovery period of up to four weeks before you can return to full activity.
The doctors at Pacific Women’s Center in Eugene, Oregon have experience in tubal reversal. Our doctors serve women through the full range of their life changes, from their teenage years to prenatal care, through pregnancy and birth and menopause and beyond. Talk to us, we’re here to help you!