Tubal reversal for fertility
Tubal ligation (informally known as getting one's "tubes tied") was once thought to be a permanent form of female sterilization, in which the fallopian tubes are severed and sealed or "pinched shut," in order to prevent fertilization. Hormone production, libido, and the menstrual cycle can be affected by a tubal ligation.
Generally tubal ligation procedures are done with the intention to be permanent, and most patients are satisfied with their sterilizations.
Tubal reversal is microsurgery to repair the fallopian tube after a tubal ligation procedure. Essentially, this means “untying the tubes.”
Tubal reversal is a surgical procedure that restores fertility to women after a tubal ligation. By rejoining the separated segments of fallopian tube, tubal reversal gives women the chance to become pregnant again naturally. This delicate surgery is best performed by a reproductive surgeon with specialized training and experience in the techniques of tubal ligation reversal.
da Vinci® Tubal Reversal: a less invasive surgical procedure
If your doctor recommends surgical treatment, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive surgical procedure called the da Vinci® tubal reversal. This new way of performing a tubal reversal is giving women new hope for realizing their dreams of further parenthood.
For most women, da Vinci® tubal reversal offers numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain and scarring
- Less risk of wound infection
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient- and procedure-specific. To learn more about da Vinci® tubal reversal, talk with your doctor.