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Can Cut Tied and Burned Tubes be Reversed? Common Myths About Tied Tubes

can burned tubes be reversedAs a former general ob/gyn, I was frequently asked, “Doc, please cut, tie, and burn my tubes!”

Many times this request was followed by the statement, “And you can throw them away when you are done!” Very often this was an emphatic request as I was counseling them about tubal ligation.

Since becoming a tubal reversal expert, I now see what often happens after tubes are tied and I am now frequently asked,
“Can cut, tied, and burned tubes be reversed?”

Cut Tied and Burnt Tubes: What it means?

In the past, many patients asked me to cut, tie, and burn their tubes. Now was this always done as they requested and in that order? The answer is no.

When patients ask for permanent sterilization (to have their tubes tied), the majority of patients have a very limited understanding of all the surgical procedures to block fallopian tubes. Many patients were just asking me to make it so they never became unintentionally pregnant again. The words ‘cut, tie, and burnt’ is a lay person’s phrase telling me to do everything conceivably known to prevent a future, unwanted pregnancy.

Very often when a doctor tells a patient, ” I cut, tied, and burned your tubes. You should never be able to get pregnant again.”, then they are just responding to a lay person’s request by using lay person’s language to tell them they did everything possible to prevent pregnancy and avoid a tubal ligation failure.

Burned, Tied and Cut Tubes: How is it done?

Fallopian tubes are occasionally burned (coagulated) to close them; however, tubes are never just tied and never just cut because this would not work very well and the chance of failure would be higher.

can tubes come untiedTubal clips and tubal rings close off the tube and cause the tubes to heal closed. Clips and rings do not come undone. They can be inappropriately placed, but they do not come undone. They may slip off the tube, but the tube has healed closed by the time this occurs.

Coagulation, more commonly known as ‘burning’, causes the tubes to heal close as well. Any tube that is simply cut will bleed and can cause a complication. When a doctor cuts a tube they will always place a suture around the cut ends. This is where the phrase to ‘tie tubes’ comes from. The ‘tying of the fallopian tube’  is done only to prevent the cut tube from bleeding and also to accelerate the tube healing closed. Tied tubes can not simply be tied to cause blockage.

Can Tubes Regrow, Can Tubes Reconnect, Can Tubes Come Undone?

Tubes can not reattach, they can not reconnect, nor can they regrow. Tubes will never come undone without a surgeon repairing them. Tubes can heal incompletely with a fistula, but they will never reconnect by themselves. A fistula is when the end of the tube heals mostly closed but leaves a very small opening. This small opening can result in a pregnancy. Don’t count on this type of tubal failure if you want to become pregnant because many of these pregnancies will be ectopic (tubal) pregnancies.

Are Clipped, Tied And Cut Tubes Reversible?

cut tubes can be reversedIf cut, tied and burned tubes are reversible then clipped, tied and cut tubes are also reversible. Most tubes which have been clipped, tied, and cut (and even burned) are reversible. To be more certain, women should obtain their operative reports for their tubal reversal specialists to review.

The only tubes that can not be reversed are those that have been thrown in the trash!

If you understand that throwing fallopian tubes into the trash is a ridiculous concept then you should now understand we often use the short cuts of lay person’s language to convey simple understandings of complex ideas.

Most tubes whether cut, tied, burnt, burned, or burnt can be reversed; however, if they were thrown in the trash then you are majorly out of luck!

Contact the reversal staff of Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center for more information about tubal ligation reversal.

Submitted by Dr. Charles Monteith


 


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317 thoughts on “Can Cut Tied and Burned Tubes be Reversed? Common Myths About Tied Tubes

  1. Dr. Monteith Post author

    Misty
    Sorry you have gone through such a tough time. You are certainly not too old. Most patients can become pregnant within a year after tubal reversal. As long as you are younger than 43 you should have good chances but you should not wait too long.

  2. Misty

    Hi, my name is Misty. I’m 33 about to turn 34. I’m a healthy female. 125 lbs. I was in a bad marriage. Even so, never imagined myself with anyone else. Got my tubes cut and burned in 2004 because I didn’t want to bring more children into the equation. It was an abusive relationship which eventually ended in his suicide. Never thought I would fall in love again let alone be thinking along the lines of baby, but I am. How old is too old to do this? What are the chances of me getting pregnant after the procedure, and how long would it take? I can’t believe I’m even writing this!! I can’t help but smile at the thought of bringing another previous baby into the world for me and my new love to cherish.

  3. Dr. Monteith Post author

    Lisa
    With tubal reversal you would have a chance at pregnancy but at the age of 47 your chances would be less than 3%. With IVF you would have to use donor eggs and the chance would be as high as 50%. This would cost $15,000 to $25,000. Tubal reversal is a more affordable option.

  4. Lisa

    I m 47,I had a tubeligation 15yrs ago. I ‘ve been thinking about another baby with my boyfriend. My tubes were cut and burned. I have regular periods still. How much would that procedure be. Or it invtro, better for us and cheaper.

  5. Amber brock

    I have 4 boys… I just turned 36… me and my husband want a little girl so bad… how much does it cost for a reversal and once it’s done how long until we could get pregnant.. I got cut burned and tied 11 and a half years ago…. I’ve been thinking if but I’m not infertile… I don’t need a lot of drugs and tests…. it was VERY easy for me to get pregnant before I was fixed

  6. Dr. Monteith Post author

    Blossom
    It is harder to become naturally pregnant at age 43 but if you are having regular periods then natural pregnancy after tubal reversal is possible. We can help you with tubal reversal.

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