What is Reverse Tubal Ligation?
Reverse tubal ligation – or more properly, tubal ligation reversal – is a procedure to get tubes untied for women who desire a pregnancy after tubal ligation. There are actually several procedures that can be used to untie tubes after the tubes have been tied.
Techniques of Reverse Tubal Ligation
There are 3 main techniques that can be used for reversing tubal ligation.
- Tubal anastomosis
- Tubal implantation
- Salpingostomy (Fimbriectomy Reversal)
The most common method for untying tubes is the reverse tubal ligation procedure of tubal anastomosis. Anastomosis refers to joining two body parts, and tubotubal anastomosis is joining two tubal segments together. Most techniques that tie tubes result in two separate tubal segments, so the simplest way to get tubes untied in these cases is with the anastomosis procedure.
For more details about untying tubes via tubal anastomosis, see the topic on Tubal Reversal by Tubal Anastomosis on the Tubal Reversal Blog and the description of Microsurgical Tubal Anastomosis on the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center website.
What is the Cost of Untying Tubes?
Reverse tubal ligation is usually described as extremely expensive, ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. The tubal anastomosis procedure to untie tubes costs $5900 at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center. Because it is done as outpatient surgery and performed four times a day, the cost savings is passed on to the women who want kids after tubal ligation.
Watch Dr. Berger Untie Tubes
The tubal reversal operation by Dr. Berger has been featured on television – this video clip on YouTube is 3 minutes long. To watch the entire operation, you can order a free video or DVD of tubes untied.
Other Methods to Untie Tubes
Tubal implantation and salpingostomy are less frequent techniques to untie the tubes after a tubal ligation. For descriptions of these techniques, see the topic on Tubal Reversal by Tubal Implantation and Tubal Reversal by Salpingostomy on the Tubal Reversal Blog or Read the section on Reversal Illustrations on the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center website.