How long should I wait before I try to get pregnant after my tubal reversal surgery?
Most patients can begin to attempt pregnancy 4 weeks after the surgery. In our center we do our microscopic reanastamosis through a 5cm (2 inch) incision.
What are my chances of having a baby?
Success rates may vary widely dependent upon numerous factors such as age, how the tubes were tied, coexisting infertility issues, male factors, and others. In general, good candidates under 35 years of age can expect tubal reversal pregnancy rates between 65-70% within two years of the tubal reversal surgery.
Does the amount of time passed since tubal ligation affect the outcome?
No it doesn’t.. Keep in mind that your age is a factor and generally speaking, the earlier the better. So the take home message if you are committed to have another baby is to get scheduled like yesterday.
Is this an out patient procedure? Is it under general anesthesia?
Yes. It is done as an outpatient procedure and under general anesthesia. You will be discharged to go home after surgery.
How long is the surgery?
In straight forward cases it is about one hour, but plan to be at our center about 3-4 hours for preoperative, operative and postoperative care.
What is the average cost of IVF as opposed to Tubal reversal?
You have two choices for pregnancy after tubal sterilization. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Tubal reversal. In comparison, the cost of a single cycle of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) averages $14,000 and the average IVF success rate is 36% per each cycle (takes about 2 months) attempted.
Am I too old to get pregnant?
You are not too old for surgery if you are 35 years of age or older. Although being over 35 is considered Advanced Maternal Age (AMA), AMA status has nothing to do with the ability to become pregnant after tubal reversal. Although natural pregnancy is more difficult to obtain with increasing age, pregnancy can occur at almost any age if you are having regular periods. The ability to become pregnant does not decline dramatically until after the age 43.
What should I wear for the day of tubal surgery?
Wear comfortable button down blouse and easy to put on pants. Have warmer outer wear such as coats and jackets available in case. Leave all valuables and jewelry at home.
Can I call uber or drive home alone?
No you must have a friend or family member pick you up.