Female Fertility
Tubal Ligation Reversal

Tubal Ligation Reversal (microsurgical tubal reanastomosis) – Tubal sterilization is one of the more common means of birth control used in the United States. 

Unfortunately, this permanent form of contraception will not allow you to change your mind and attempt pregnancy unless you undergo another surgical procedure. This operation is known as tubal ligation reversal or microsurgical tubal reanastomosis.

The success of this type of surgery is dependent upon several factors. Foremost of these is the amount of fallopian tube remaining after the sterilization. If at least 4 centimeters of healthy tube is present, then pregnancy rates of 60 – 85% are not uncommon. The amount of tube remaining can usually be determined by having Dr. Russell review the operative report from your sterilization operation. If your surgery involved the use of cautery or burning the fallopian tube your chances of getting pregnant after this operation may be less, and in these cases, patients would more likely achieve pregnancy by undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).