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Pomeroy Tubal Ligation

Pomeroy Technique of Tubal Ligation and Resection

The Pomeroy operation is the most commonly performed tubal ligation method.The most common type of tubal ligation is the Pomeroy procedure, named after Dr. Ralph Pomeroy who described it in 1930. The Pomeroy method involves picking up a segment of the fallopian tube to create a knuckle, placing a tie or ligature with absorbable suture around its base, and then cutting off the knuckle of tube above the tie. As the suture dissolves, the 2 remaining tubal segments separate from each other.

“Modified” Pomeroy Techniques

Interestingly, Dr. Pomeroy did not publish his technique in the medical literature but simply demonstrated it to other doctors. Some of them subsequently published the technique, but with modifications.

Currently, many doctors use the term modified Pomeroy procedure¬Ě when they describe the tubal ligation they have performed in a patient’s operative report. Each doctor seems to have his or her own way of operating and there are many variations from the original method. Some doctors use absorbable suture, while others use permanent sutures that do not dissolve. Some doctors place more than one tie around the tube and many doctors also burn or cauterize the tubal ends.

A tubal ligation operative report is useful as a guide but does not predict exactly what the remaining tubal segments will be at the time of a reversal procedure. Fortunately, Pomeroy tubal ligation and its modifications are usually excellent in terms of reversibility.

Pomeroy Tubal Ligation Reversal Success

At A Personal Choice, we keep a record of all patients’ tubal reversal operations, including the tubal ligation method, the remaining tubal segment lengths, and other important findings at the time of surgery. Since we maintain long term follow-up with our patients, we are able to provide accurate statistics about pregnancies and their outcomes after tubal reversal surgery. Here are some of the pregnancy statistics for women who have had a Pomeroy type of tubal ligation.

Pregnancy Rates of Our Tubal Reversal Patients

The overall pregnancy rate after Pomeroy tubal ligation reversal is 70% for patients at A Personal Choice. The table below shows pregnancy rates according to women’s ages at the time of tubal reversal. The first column shows ages by 5 year groupings. The second column shows the number of women in each age group who had a tubal reversal. The third and fourth columns show the number and the percentage of women who became pregnant after their reversal procedure. The data shown in this table come from our Tubal Reversal Pregnancy Study Report 2007.

Here is how the pregnancy rate is calculated: The number of pregnant women (column 3) divided by all women in that age category who had reversal surgery (column 2) times 100 equals the percentage of women who became pregnant (column 4). A doctor has to know all of this information in order to be able to state what the success rate is for his patients.

Pregnancy Rate By Age After Pomeroy Tubal Reversal


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Good News About Pomeroy Reversal

The good news is that for women under age 40, two-thirds to four-fifths will become pregnant following a tubal reversal procedure. Even for women age 40 and over, approximately 4 out of 10 will conceive another pregnancy. From the follow-up data that we have for our tubal reversal patients, there is good reason for optimism when reversing a Pomeroy tubal ligation.

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  1. Jessica says:

    I will be 36 this year and had a Pomeroy tubal ligation back in 2005. My husband and I would like to have a child together. Is there a good success rate for women my age? Also I would not be able to do it til August of this year, will the cost change and is there a visit that I would need to travel to before the surgery. Also I have a copy of my medical records, but do not think I could get them anymore because my ex was military and it has been so long, will the records i have be good enough?

    1. Dr. Monteith says:


      You should be a good candidate for tubal reversal. You are welcome to send your records to us for a free review…we don’t require that you have records because we can reverse most tubal ligations. In general about 2 out of every 3 patients will become pregnant after reversal. We can’t make any promises about the future cost of tubal reversal surgery.

      We charge $6400 total plus $125 to schedule and we are located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Patients pay in full and out-of-pocket at the time of scheduling. All you have to pay for in addition to the surgical fee is the cost of travel, hotel, and food.

      We do have a prepayment tubal reversal plan that allows you to save towards your reversal over a 3 year period.

      Although $6,400 seems expensive…the alternative treatment in-vitro fertilization (IVF) average $12,000 to $14,000 and is about 40% successful!

      The main advantage to tubal reversal is that every month you have a chance and you can become pregnant more than once.

      Call us at (919) 968-4656 8am to 5pm eastern standard time and we would be happy to speak with you.

      The following link will answer most of your questions about reversal. This is the MOST HELPFUL INFORMATION to read when considering reversal at our office. Each question has a link to more information about the question: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

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