Tubal Reversal - Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What Is Tubal Reanastomosis?
  2. How Are Tubal Reversals Performed?
  3. Where Is The Procedure Done?
  4. What Are The Risks and Success Rates Associated With Tubal Reversals?
  5. What Costs Are Involved With The Procedure?
  6. What Should I Bring With Me To My Consultation Appointment?

1. What Is Tubal Reanastomosis?

Tubal reanastomosis (tubal reversal) is a procedure that opens and reconnects the fallopian tube segments that remain after a tubal ligation procedure (tied tubes). Your physician will help you decide if this procedure is a good option for you.

2. How Are Tubal Reversals Performed?

Our physicians perform tubal reversals using a microsurgical technique that can be done on an outpatient basis. Patients are typically able to return home the day of surgery. Tubal reversals can be performed through a small open incision (mini-laparotomy) just above the pubic bone or through laparoscopy. Laparoscopy allows visual inspection of the pelvic organs through a tiny incision. One or two additional small incisions are then utilized to surgically repair the fallopian tubes.

3. Where Is The Procedure Done?

This procedure is done in our ambulatory surgery center, The RMG IVF/Surgery Center. Patients with certain medical conditions or who have a history of certain health problems may not be able to have the procedure performed as an outpatient. Your physician will determine if this applies to you.

4. What Are The Risks and Success Rates Associated With Tubal Reversals?

Any surgical procedure involves a risk of post-op complications. The most common complication of tubal reversal is the risk of an ectopic pregnancy following the surgery. There is a less than 5% chance of re-occlusion of the tubes. Success rates vary based on your age, health history, and type of tubal ligation performed. Your physician will discuss risks, complications, and success rates in detail during your consultation.

5. What Costs Are Involved With The Procedure?

We are able to offer tubal reanastomosis surgery performed in our surgery center for the all-inclusive fee of $5,755 – roughly half the cost of an In-Vitro-Fertilization (IVF) cycle. This price includes facility, anesthesia and physician fees. The fee is slightly increased if you must have the procedure performed in a hospital due to age, health history, or certain medical conditions.

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6. What Should I Bring With Me To My Consultation Appointment?

Please try to obtain the operative and pathology reports from your tubal sterilization procedure. Your physician will need to review the reports prior to your tubal reversal surgery. You may also need preliminary bloodwork to assess hormonal levels and a hysterosalpingogram (dye test) to assess your uterus and fallopian tubes. It may also be recommended that your partner have a semen analysis performed in our laboratory. Your physician will discuss these tests with you during your consultation appointment.