Female Reversal of Sterilisation Success Rates

Mr Dobson’s success rates for the female reversal of sterilisation operation in women aged 41 and under are as follows:   Success of the female sterilisation reversal operation is defined in 2 ways. The first is by pregnancy of which Mr Dobson has a 75% success rate meaning that 75% of the women who had this operation performed by Mr Dobson had a pregnancy (this percentage excludes those women over the age of 41, who were reversed for PTLS or any other reason than trying to get pregnant).

Mr Dobson recently took over from Mr Pickles using the exact same technique. It is anticipated that these figures will be updated in 2023.

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The second factor by which success is determined after a female sterilisation reversal is Patency. This means if the fallopian tubes are able to allow an egg to pass along to enable fertilisation.

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Mr Pickles Audit of Female Sterilisation Reversals 2014

These figures relate to all women who attended Mr Pickles’ clinic at the BMI Park Hospital, Nottingham up to the end of 2012. They show his female reversal of sterilisation success rates in detail. For the purposes of the audit, the figures relate to those women aged 41 and under. In total, up to the end of 2012, 95 women attended for a reversal of their sterilisation. Of these, 77 were 41 years old and younger and trying for a baby.

  • 58 (75%) became pregnant
  • 65 (84%) had patent fallopian tubes
  • 6 ladies out of 95 (5.7%) developed a wound infection
  • 3 ladies out of 95 (2.8%) had an ectopic pregnancy.

Nobody suffered from a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) Nobody had serious bleeding as a consequence of surgery.


How Do These Female Reversal of Sterilisation Success Rates Compare?

In the USA, Chapel Hill Hospital has considerable experience and performs higher numbers of sterilization reversals. On their website, they have the following figures:

  • 65% of women aged 39 and under become pregnant.
  • No figures given for patency rates. Here Mr Pickles differs in that he follows up patients who do not become pregnant with HSG. This is an additional cost and not all patients who could have this, choose to have it.
  • Chapel Hill wound infections: 5% (no numbers given)
  • Chapel Hill ectopic pregnancy rate: 5% (no numbers given)

Chapel Hill DVT rate 1% Chapel Hill risk of serious bleeding – less than 1%


Mr Pickles’s female reversal of sterilisation success rates, measured in terms of pregnancy and fallopian tube patency rates, compared to a female sterilization reversal practice in the USA indicate that he has an acceptable success rate with a high percentage of women becoming pregnant after surgery.