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.