Denita and her husband Kareem share an inspirational story. Together they are a testament to how odds can be overcome after having a tubal ligation reversal. Denita became pregnant after tubal reversal at the age of 40.
She agreed to share her story with readers of our Tubal Reversal Blog.
A Personal Story About Tubal Ligation Reversal Success
Denita is 40 years old and lives in Bennettsville, South Carolina. She is remarried and her husband, Kareem, has no children. Denita and Kareem traveled to Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center seeking to have her tubes untied (tubal ligation reversal). They want to have a child together.
After Tubal Ligation: A Tragedy
Denita was the mother of three boys. During her last pregnancy, she had an agreement with her previous husband she would have a tubal ligation if they had a girl. Denita’s fourth pregnancy was indeed a baby girl and, shortly after giving birth, Denita underwent a ligation and resection tubal ligation procedure.
The day after her tubal ligation, the father of Denita’s four children unexpectedly died from complications of diabetes. Denita was left as the single parent of four young children.
Denita eventually met Kareem and they decided to get married. Kareem had no children. Denita was not interested in in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. They began to investigate tubal ligation reversal. It took them eight months to decide reversal surgery was right for them.
Where To Have A Tubal Ligation Reversal?
Denita’s girlfriend had a tubal reversal in Mexico. Denita considered going to Mexico, but decided it was not the right choice for her. Her girlfriend initially paid less for her procedure than did Denita; however, after adding in airfare, travel, international border crossing fees, and lodging Denita’s girlfriend paid an amount similar to what she would have paid if she had stayed in the United States for her procedure.
Although Denita considered going abroad for her reversal, she decided it was more important for her to stay locally and be able to see her reversal surgeon immediately if she had a complication from the procedure or if her tubes remained closed after the reversal surgery.
A Specialized Center For Tubal Ligation Reversal
Denita found Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center by searching on the Internet. The website for Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center repeatedly came up. She ultimately decided to travel to Chapel Hill because she felt she would get the best care in the only center that exclusively performs tubal reversal surgery.
Denita On Having A Tubal Ligation Reversal
Denita underwent tubal ligation reversal in July 2008. Her surgery was performed by Dr. Monteith and lasted 78 minutes. She had both tubes reversed and her tubal lengths were 3.0 and 3.5 cm. She did well during the surgery and was discharged to the Sheraton Hotel for her post-operative recovery. She had very little pain after her surgery and was doing well enough to return home and go shopping. The third day after surgery she was slightly more uncomfortable and had to forgo additional shopping.
Tubal Ligation Reversal Success: Pregnancy
Denita and Kareem wanted to become pregnant as soon as possible after her surgery. They did not want it to be a stressful so they made a promise they would not be overly focused on becoming pregnant. Denita started taking her prenatal vitamins and they gradually began to try and become pregnant.
Denita become pregnant during the first week of September 2008 – only 6 weeks after her ligation reversal!
Her doctor was supportive of her having a ligation reversal but was very surprised to see her become pregnant so quickly. She and her doctor followed our Early Pregnancy Protocol and they were quickly able to determine the pregnancy was not an ectopic pregnancy.
She had an ultrasound and they saw a baby inside her uterus. Denita was 7 weeks and 4 days with a good fetal heartbeat and on the start of a healthy pregnancy.
Since Denita was forty years old, her doctor encouraged her to have early testing for Down’s syndrome. She and Kareem decided to put their faith in God and did not have any prenatal testing for genetic abnormalities. Their pregnancy has been highly sought and very desired. They have decided they will love whatever God has chosen to give them.
Pregnancy After Tubal Reversal
Denita is doing very well at this time. She is not feeling any morning sickness and they already have two names picked out: Kareem Jr. if it is a boy and Kareema Marie if it is a girl. Denita is due to deliver in late May or early June 2009.
This is a special story for me for several reasons:
1. Denita was one of the first five of my patients who reported pregnancies during my first two weeks of my new career as a tubal reversal specialist. Denita will be the second recipient of the “I am a Monteith Miracle” T-shirt.
2. Denita is 40 years young. Many of our patients will come for reversal surgery and are concerned because of their age. It is good to see other patients who have had reversal over the age of 40 and become pregnant. Readers are also encouraged to read the personal story of Dawne, Natural Pregnancy at 46 After Tubal Reversal. Dawne was a previous patient of ours who had a successful pregnancy after having her tubes untied at the age of 45.
3. Denita had shorter tubal lengths after tubal reversal surgery than our average reversal patient. Her tubal lengths were 3 and 3.5 cm. Many patients are concerned after reversal surgery when they are told they have tubal lengths less than 4 cm. Denita’s story of quick pregnancy success demonstrates pregnancy is possible after tubal reversal even with shorter length tubes.
Submitted by Dr. Charles Monteith
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Our next two patient stories are:
Tubal Reversal Sisters: A Journey Together. A great story about four couples who bonded together the day of their reversal surgeries.
International Ligation Tubal Reversal: Age 40. This story details Susan and Stephen who traveled to us for tubal reversal surgery from the United Arab Emirates.