Tubal ligation surgeries performed on women accounted for 30.2%.
Fast forward 15-20 years later, and some women may have changed their minds about starting their families. Whether its due to a loving partner, wanting to start a family with someone else, or medical issues, a tubal reversal may be an option.
Do you have any questions about having a tubal reversal? It may have been quite a while since you learned about your reproductive organs, so lets review.
What is Tubal Reversal?
A tubal reversal, also called tubal Reanastomosis, is a type of surgery to repair a woman’s Fallopian tubes. The Fallopian tubes are the tubes that carry a woman’s egg from her ovaries to her uterus (womb). A tubal reversal may be an option if you have had your Fallopian tubes tied (tubal ligation) and now want to become pregnant.
Tubal Reversal Procedure
During a tubal ligation reversal, the surgeon will untie or reconnect the fallopian tubes. This type of surgery is usually done by laparoscopy, which is a surgical procedure that uses a small camera to see inside the abdomen.
The surgery takes about two hours, and the woman can usually go home the same day. The success rate of this surgery is about 50-80%, which means that about half of the women who have this surgery will become pregnant again.
Cost of Tubal Reversal
This surgery can be costly, often costing between $5,000 to $21,000. Many insurance companies will not cover the cost of this surgery, so it is important to check with your insurance company beforehand.
Pros of Tubal Reversal
Reversing your tubal ligation can eliminate the need for expensive and invasive fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF can cost upwards of $12,000 per cycle and is not always successful. Surgery to reverse tubal ligation is much less expensive and has a higher success rate.
Cons of Tubal Reversal
The surgery is not 100 percent effective, so there is a small chance that you could still get pregnant outside of the womb. There is also a slightly higher chance of ectopic pregnancy with a tubal reversal. This happens when the egg implants itself in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus.
If this happens, it can be very dangerous for the mother and often results in a miscarriage. There is a small risk of infection or damage to the surrounding organs when undergoing this surgery.
Thus, if you are interested in this reproductive medicine, you may want to consider consulting your doctor first. Who knows, it may work for you.
Understanding Tubal Reversal
Tubal reversal can be complex and overwhelming. However, it is important to learn as much as you can about the procedure to make the best decision for you and your family.
If you are considering tubal reversal, be sure to speak with a qualified medical professional to get all of the information you need to make an informed decision.
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