Tubal Ligation Reversal
Tubal ligation is a very common procedure, especially in North America and Europe. Many women choose to undergo tubal ligation in order to take control of their reproductive health and manage the size of their family. Commonly referred to as "getting your tubes tied," tubal ligation is meant to be a permanent procedure. However, if you decide that you want to add to your family, reversal of tubal ligation can be done in order to facilitate pregnancy. In fact, up to 25% of women who have undergone the tubal ligation choose to have it reversed it at some point in their lives. If you have had a tubal ligation but are interested in adding to your family once again, tubal ligation reversal may be an option for you.
What Happens During Tubal Reversal Surgery?
As you probably remember, getting your tubes tied is a major surgery; it is performed in a hospital setting and requires significant recovery time. Similarly, tubal ligation reversal is also a major undertaking, so you should be prepared for another trip to the hospital.
Tubal reversal surgery is usually performed in hospital under general anesthetic. Typically, the procedure lasts between two and three hours, but it really depends on your surgeon and how complicated your case actually is. During the surgery, your doctor will attempt to reconnect your fallopian tubes. This may involve removing clamps that were attached to your tubes, reattaching your tubes together, or removing blockages that are present inside your tubes.
After the Surgery
After the surgery, you will have to remain in the hospital overnight. This is in order to recover from the anesthetic and to make sure that no complications arise. Some women end up staying in the hospital for up to five days, but this depends upon the speed of your recovery. Total tubal ligation reversal recovery time is usually between four and six weeks.
Tubal reversal surgery is fairly common and is very safe. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is a risk that complications may arise. These complications may include:
- internal or external bleeding
- infection at the incision site
- damage or infection in the surrounding organs
- allergic reactions to anesthetic
Tubal ligation reversal surgery also tends to increase your risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. Generally, about 1 in 100 women have ectopic pregnancies. This surgery appears to increase your risk, though, to 5 in 100.