Infertility and Reproductive Medicine & Minimally Invasive Robotic Gynecology located throughout Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas
While tubal ligation is considered a permanent form of birth control, you can reverse certain types and reopen your potential for pregnancy with tubal reconstruction. At Elite IVF in The Woodlands, Texas, Botros Rizk, MD, MA FACOG, FACS, HCLD, FRCOG, FRCS, and his team offer tubal reconstruction to repair your fallopian tubes. You can also visit Elite IVF at their additional locations in Odessa, and Houston, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, and Fairhope, Alabama. To find out if you’re a candidate for tubal reconstruction, call Elite IVF or book an appointment online today.
Tubal Reconstruction Q&A
What is tubal reconstruction?
Tubal reconstruction is a procedure to reverse the results of tubal ligation. During tubal reconstruction, the Elite IVF team repairs damaged fallopian tubes to restore your ability to get pregnant.
Tubal ligation is a procedure that acts as a permanent form of birth control. It results in your fallopian tubes being blocked or cut to stop eggs from traveling through them to meet with sperm.
Am I a good candidate for tubal reconstruction?
To get tubal reconstruction after tubal ligation, you must get a reversible type of tubal ligation. If the method utilizes scarring to close off your fallopian tubes, tubal reconstruction may not be possible.
There are many things to consider when deciding whether tubal reconstruction will be safe and successful for you. During your consultation at Elite IVF, the team evaluates:
- Your age
- Your body mass index (BMI)
- The amount of damage to your fallopian tubes
- The remaining length of your fallopian tubes
- Your overall fertility
Your provider can inform you of the chances of a successful reversal and help you review the risks and benefits of the procedure.
What happens during tubal reconstruction?
If you and the Elite IVF team conclude that tubal reconstruction is the right option for you, you can proceed with it. The team might use equipment like a laparoscope, a slender tube with a camera on the end, for a better view of your fallopian tubes. If they don’t use laparoscopy, they make a larger incision in your abdomen for direct access to the tubes.
Depending on the type of tubal ligation you had, the Elite IVF team either repairs the tubes with absorbable stitches or removes blockages. You’ll be completely unconscious under general anesthesia, but you can leave the office the same day.
What happens after tubal reconstruction?
It takes up to two weeks to fully recover after tubal reconstruction. You can slowly begin to participate in your regular activities throughout your one to two weeks of recovery. During this time, the stitches on your fallopian tubes dissolve on their own.
At your follow-up appointment, the Elite IVF team can make sure you’re making a full recovery. It’s difficult to predict your chances of pregnancy after the procedure, but the team can help you explore in vitro fertilization as an alternative option if you still struggle to get pregnant.
If you’ve had a tubal ligation, but your life circumstances have changed in favor of a future pregnancy, call Elite IVF or book an appointment online for more information about tubal reconstruction today.