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Reversing a Tubal Ligation

Q: I had a tubal ligation a few years ago. I recently remarried and my husband and I want to have a baby. Can the procedure be reversed? Is it safe?

Dr. Donnica: Congratulations on your marriage!

Whether or not a tubal ligation can be reversed depends in large part on how it was done in the first place. Were the tubes simply cut; cut and buried into surrounding tissue; or cut, buried and burned (cauterized)? You should request that a copy of the operating room notes be sent to your current gynecologist who can then advise you.

You should know that ALL operations have risks (generally from anesthesia, infection, and failure) and your own personal health and medical history will influence the extent of those risks. You should also know that having a tubal reversal procedure is MUCH more complicated and involved than having a tubal ligation in the first place. While I wouldn't want to discourage you from considering this procedure, I want to make sure that you are well informed about the risks and the chances for success before you undertake it. You should also be very clear with your doctor about what the anticipated total costs will be.

Created: 5/16/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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