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Tubal Ligation Reversal: Explained

Tubal ligation reversal as performed at our specialty center is affordable and successful outpatient surgery. The surgery experience patients have at our center is unequaled by any other provider of tubal surgery.

Reversal surgery can be very successful at restoring your natural fertility, allowing you the chance to become pregnant every month, and providing you the ability to become pregnant more than once.

Tubal reversal: Experience counts!

We have performed tubal surgery on over 10,000 patients and our surgical techniques have a proven track record of success. We are responsible for more successful tubal reversal surgeries and more tubal reversal babies than any other reversal doctor or center in the world.

Types of tubal ligations: Can tubes be reversed?

All tubal ligation procedures will cause blockage of the fallopian tube. Our experience has demonstrated the majority of tubal ligations can be reversed.

Even if you have had tubal coagulation (bipolar or monopolar burning), ligation and resection (Parkland, Irving, Pomeroy, or Uchida procedures), tubal rings (Falope or Yoon rings), tubal clips (Filshie or Hulka clips), or hysteroscopic tubal occlusion (Essure or Adiana procedures), we are able to reverse these tubal ligations in over 98% of our patients.

We do encourage potential patients to send us copies of their tubal ligation operative reports for a free review. This will allow us to determine with greater certainty if someone is a candidate for tubal reversal surgery.

How is tubal ligation reversed?

Since most of our patients travel to see us we perform most of our evaluation and scheduling through phone, email, and fax. Patients will then travel to us and spend 2 to 3 days at our facility.

The pre-operative consult is the day before reversal surgery and the surgery is the next following day.

We reverse tubal ligations through a small 2 to 4 inch incision made just above the pubic hair line. The surgery is out-patient and lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Our patients recover at the Hyatt Raleigh of North Hills Mall.Patients then return to the Hyatt House of Raleigh Hotel to recover and are seen in our office for a post-operative evaluation the day after surgery.

After the post-operative evaluation, patients then return home and can attempt to become pregnant as soon as they feel comfortable. Most of our patients can return to work within 7 to 10 days and most will become pregnant within the first 12 months of having reversal surgery.

For a more technical description of how tubal ligations are reversed at our facility:
Microsurgical Tubal Anastomosis and Tubal Implantation.

Does reversing tubes really work?

Tubal reversal surgery at our center can be very successful and can provide patients with a good alternative treatment to in-vitro fertilization. In our experience approximately 2 out of 3 of our patients will become pregnant after reversing their tubes.

We have comprehensive pregnancy statistics after tubal reversal collected from over 10,000 of our reversal patients.The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has consistently issued committee opinions on the role and effectiveness of tubal surgery.2

Our patients continually update us with reports documenting their pregnancy success. These messages are updated frequently and can be veiwed within the Pregnancy Testimonials and Patient Reviews sections of our website.

Can your tubal be reversed?

tubal ligation reversal surgery really does workMost tubal ligations can be reversed and we have every reason to believe yours can as well.

If you would like to read personal comments left by our patients, based upon the type to tubal ligation reversed then explore the links shown below. These comments are updated continuously as they are sent to us by our patients.

Tubal coagulation (tubal burning)

Ligation and resection (cut and tied)

Tubal clips

Tubal rings


Tubal reversals with Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center

If you are interested in having tubal reversal at our facility we encourage to call (919) 968-4656 for a free Tubal Reversal Nurse consultation. We have also provided a simplified overview on how to get started scheduling your tubal reversal: Getting started with tubal reversal: An overview.


1. 2011 Tubal Reversal Pregnancy Report. Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center website 2011.

2. Committee opinion: role of tubal surgery in the era of assisted reproductive technology. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Fertility Sterility 2012;97:539-45.

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130 thoughts on “Tubal Ligation Reversal: Explained

  1. Jessica

    I’m 33 yrs old. I had a tubal ligation done approximately about 12 yrs ago . I have always wanted a another child. I have always had in mind to get a reversal done but not sure if it will work or if it’s possible

  2. Dr. Monteith Post author

    The chance of tubal ligation failure is less than 2%. If you would like to become pregnant you can have IVF or tubal reversal surgery. IVF costs $12,000 and average success is 40%. Tubal reversal costs $5900 and the success ranges from 50% to 80%.

  3. brandi

    im 28 years old and had my tubes tied a year ago. im wanting another baby and am wanting to know if i can have them undone and the cost. and is there a chance i can get pregnant even tho they are tied ?

  4. Dr. Monteith Post author

    I will email you information. Tubal reversal is possible with coagulation and the success rates can be higher than IVF. IVF on average is 38% successful for each cycle….in best cases as high as 50%. Tubal reversal is 60% to 70%. IVF costs $14,000 for each cycle and tubal reversal costs $5900.

  5. Christi

    I am 30 years old. I had a tubal coagulation almost 10 years ago. Would like info, pricing on having my tubes reversed. I’ve been told that it can’t be if it is then the guarantee of me getting pregnant is really low that I should do Ivf. Instead?

  6. Dr. Monteith Post author

    Reversal and pregnancy are possible if you have either one ovary or one tube. You should send us your operative note and we can let you know with more certainty.

  7. Tiffany

    Good Afternoon,
    I am a 29 year old who had a tubal ligation in 2009. I would like to have the reversal done, however, I have had my right ovary removed. Is the reversal still possible?

    Thank you

  8. Dr. Monteith Post author

    We have had patients with one kidney before. It is okay as long as you have normal kidney function. We would require a complete blood count and a BUN and Creatinine. You should be aware one of the risks of tubal reversal is ectopic pregnancy. This can easily be treated with a medication called methotrexate. One reason not to get methotrexate is impaired kidney function. You should talk to your doctor or kidney specialists about this and make sure you are a candiate for methotrexate treatment if the need should arise. Also we would want to confirm with them that you could take ibuprofen or motrin after surgery for pain without it hurting our kidney function. Lastly any pregnancy you have will be at higher risk for preeclampsia because you only have one kidney.

    You can read our patients story here: Tubal ligaiton reversal with one kidney

  9. Brandy

    I donated a kidney last year, and am planning on getting a reversal within the next 3 yrs before the age of 40. Do you still deal with this or have issues with preforming the reversal since I would some what be a high risk pregnancy? Thanks

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