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Tubal Reversal Pregnancy Study
A Decade of Observation

Study Patient Population

This report is based on 9,935 cases of tubal reversal surgery and subsequent pregnancies from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2011 at our practice, the only medical facility exclusively for tubal ligation reversal.

Women’s Ages

The women ranged in age from 20 to 51 (Figure 2). The average age was 34. The majority of women in the tubal reversal study were in their 30s.

Figure 2. Age Distribution

Age distribution graph of A Personal Choice patients.

Tubal Ligation Methods

The type of tubal ligation procedure is one factor related to the outcome after tubal reversal surgery. The most common tubal sterilization method involved tying, cutting, and removing a segment of the fallopian tube (tubal ligation and resection). The second most common method was tubal coagulation (burning the tubes) followed in frequency by tubal occlusion with tubal rings or clips. Other procedures, including fimbriectomy (removing the end of the fallopian tube) and hysteroscopic methods (Essure or Adiana) were the least common. In cases where the patient’s operative report of the tubal ligation was not available and the method could not be determined at the time of the tubal reversal, the sterilization method was classified as unknown.

Table 2. Tubal Ligation Method

Method Number Percent
Rings 1416 14%
Clips 850 9%
Ligation/resection 3971 40%
Coagulation 2849 29%
Other/unknown 849 8%
Total 9935 100%

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60 thoughts on “Tubal Reversal Pregnancy Study Report 2011 – Patient Population”

  1. Eddise says:

    Hi I am 51 and going to remarry and he has no.kids…I still have a period and was wondering if pregnancy is an option.

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      If you are not having periods, especially at the age of 51, then we would not recommend reversal because the chance of pregnancy is close to zero.

  2. Heidi says:

    I am looking to have a reversal, but had an ablasion in march 2016. I am still ovulating every single month. Is this possible for me.

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      Heidi
      Tubal reversal and pregnancy are possible if you are having regular periods of at least 3 days duration after your ablation. All pregnancies after ablation are considered high risk.

      If you are not having periods then we would not consider you a candidate for reversal. There is no medical treatment to make your periods return.

      Ablation will decrease the chance of pregnancy because it permanently damages the lining and muscle of the uterus.

      If your periods are light then you do have some functioning endometriumm but we are not always certain if it is enough to allow for pregnancy. There is no accurate way to be certain.

      We cannot provide an accurate percentage about the success of women getting pregnant after reversal with a prior ablation because there are no large scale studies looking at this. We have had women become pregnant naturally after tubal reversal with a prior ablation but don’t have a large enough group of these patients to provide meaningful statistics.

      Studies looking at women who have become pregnant after ablation show that about 50% will miscarry and about 50% will have live born babies.

      You should read these six articles I wrote about ablation, reversal, and the risks of pregnancy: Tubal Reversal and Ablation

      The ablation will decrease the chances of pregnancy but if you are having regular monthly periods of at least three days duration then pregnancy is certainly possible. If you are not having regular periods then I would advise against a reversal because pregnancy is not likely.

      In general pregnancy is not recommended after ablation because each pregnancy is at higher risk; miscarriage, growth restriction, early delivery, c-section and adherent placenta. The literature suggest that pregnancies are high risk but many will do well. It is possible to become pregnant after tubal reversal and have a healthy pregnancy if you are having regular periods of at least three days duration every month. Please call us at (919)968-4656 if you have any additional questions about tubal reversal.

      All patients with ablations need a consult with me (Dr Monteith) either by phone or in person before they can schedule reversal surgery.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey I am 24 just had a son in November unfortunately he passed away due to SIDS now I’m looking to get a tube reversal one day and I was wondering if it’s possible with a bilateral salpingectomy someone please help

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      To be more certain you would need to send us your operative note and the pathology report and we can review this free of charge and let you know if you are a candidate for tubal reversal surgery. 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

  4. lisa says:

    Hi there im 38 and i got back my operative report they did a pomoroy technique is that reversable ?

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      Lisa
      That method is very reversible. We will email you more information.

      We charge a total of $6400 plus $125 to schedule. You pay for travel, food, and lodging. Call us at (919)968-4656 if you want to talk more about tubal reversal surgery. You should send your tubal ligation records for a free review.

      The following link will answer most of your questions: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

      Please join our celebration of tubal reversal babies: March 2016 Tubal Reversal Baby Shower

  5. Sabrina Ho says:

    I have a blocked right tube from a ectopic pregnancy. If this can be repaired I would be able to conceive been seeing a fertility specialist no luck on inseminations this time my blocked side is my dominant ovary that keeps ovulating. I am 38 years old and just want one more child can this be possible? Also I have mild case of endometriosis and when my blocked tube ovulate I’m in a lot of pain.

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      Sabrina
      If you have at least one tube open you should be able to become pregnant. You should send us the records from your treatment of your ectopic pregnancy and we can let you know if we can help you. Call us at (919)968-4656 if you have questions.

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