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Tubal Ligation Reversal
If you had tubal ligation surgery and now wish to become pregnant, there is hope.
UI Health in Chicago has one of the leading experts on our staff. Dr. Humberto "Bert" Scoccia, director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, has decades of experience performing tubal microreanastomosis (reversal).
Who Can Have Tubal Ligation Reversal?
Several factors need to be taken into account when deciding whether reversal surgery is right for you. Your team at UI Health will help you understand your options and make the right decision.
Factors to consider:
- Age: Women who are younger than 40 are more likely to become pregnant after reversal than women who are 40 or older.
- Ovarian reserve testing results: Ovarian reserve testing measures your remaining supply of eggs and helps you and your fertility team better understand how likely it is that you will be able to become pregnant.
- Type of tubal ligation: There are several different ways to perform tubal sterilization. The type of procedure you had may affect how likely reversal is to be successful.
- Partner sperm health: Men with low sperm counts, below 20 million sperm per milliliter, or low sperm motility may require in vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to father a pregnancy and are not good candidates to have their partner undergo a tubal ligation reversal.
How Tubal Ligation Reversal is Done
Reversal surgery is performed through a small cut above the pubic area, or via laparoscopy. The separated ends of the fallopian tubes are then examined using magnifying lenses and any scar tissue is removed.
At this point, the ends of the tubes are rejoined with extremely small resorbable sutures, the size of a fine hair. At the same time, a blue dye is injected through the cervix of the uterus (mouth of the womb) to confirm that the tubes are indeed open.
Schedule a Consultation
Our fertility specialists will be happy to discuss tubal ligation reversal, surgery, options, and costs with you. To schedule a consultation, please fill out the online form or call 312.355.2634.