Tubal Ligation Reversal Procedure
The operation is usually performed on an outpatient basis, using a very small (5-6 cm) bikini-type incision. The operation typically takes 2-3 hours. Local freezing medicine is injected into the skin after the operation so that the patient is comfortable enough to leave the surgery centre several hours postoperatively. Occasionally, an overnight stay may be required. Recovery time is shorter because of the small incision size, but your ability to return to normal activities or work will vary.
The success of a tubal reversal depends upon many things, including the initial method of tubal ligation, the person’s age, the status of the uterus, and male factor issues. Generally, reversal success rates vary from 80-90%.
Sometimes, if the tubes are severely damaged, or a male factor issue exists, the best way to achieve pregnancy may be via in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Once an initial consultation and investigations are completed, it generally takes about 6-8 weeks to organize an operative time in our operating room.