For many women who chose to go the route of sterilisation in order to avoid the negative side effects of birth control or an unplanned pregnancy, there often comes a time in life when pregnancy is desired. There are a few options available, but the most permanent of these is to undergo a tubal ligation reversal procedure. Tubal ligation is a procedure in which each of the two fallopian tubes are cut, tied or blocked.
The Procedure in A Nutshell
First thing first, it has to be determined if performing the procedure is even a viable option. In some cases, especially if it has been a long period of time since the initial tubal ligation was performed, it is often possible for excessive scar tissue to form and even for blood flow to the area to be cut off. Thus, an initial laparoscopy scan is performed before initiating any surgery to determine the health of the two tubes. According to University of Utah Health Care, “Once the tubes are identified, the damaged portions of the tubes and any devices used for the original sterilisation (such as clips, rings or sutures) are removed. The separated portions are reattached under a microscope for magnification using refined tools designed to minimise the damage to the tubes and internal organs. The reconnection itself uses two layers of very fine sutures, finer than most human hair.”
Recovery Time and Pregnancy
It is typically recommended to wait until at least one ovulation cycle has been completed before attempting to achieve pregnancy. In terms of recovery, a period of two weeks off of work is typical, however, in cases of a job involving strenuous physical labour it is advised to consult with your physician.
Be sure to contact us at The Female Sterilisation Reversal Clinic if you have any questions about tubal ligation reversal.