During a tubal ligation, a woman’s fallopian tubes are cut or blocked to prevent pregnancy. Generally this procedure is permanent, especially if the tubes were cut or if scarring was used to close the tubes. For women who had sterilization from tubal rings or clips, an Ogden Clinic OB/GYN can usually restore fertility through a laparoscopic tubal reversal.
To determine if you are eligible for a laparoscopic tubal reversal, your doctor will consider several factors including:
While you may wish to restore fertility, your doctor will ultimately determine whether it is appropriate to perform a tubal reversal.
A laparoscopic tubal reversal is an outpatient procedure at Ogden Clinic. Similar to a tubal ligation, you will be asleep under general anesthesia and your doctor will make a small incision in your abdomen, near the belly button, and inflate the abdomen with gas to better view the reproductive organs. The surgeon will then use small surgical tools including a laparoscope, to remove any blocked fragments of the fallopian tubes and repair any damage with small, absorbable stitches. Your surgeon will be able to determine how much of the fallopian tubes are salvageable depending on the extent of the tubal ligation.
Following your procedure it is important to avoid heavy lifting and sexual intercourse for two weeks. While the goal of tubal reversal is to restore fertility, it is not always a guarantee that you will get pregnant. There is also a risk for an ectopic pregnancy after having a tubal reversal, which is where a fertilized egg attaches somewhere outside the uterus, in this case, it usually occurs in the fallopian tube.
If you are interested in reversing your tubal ligation, it is important to discuss your options with your doctor. To see if you are eligible for a laparoscopic tubal reversal at Ogden Clinic in Utah, contact us today to schedule an appointment.