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Treatment guide

Tubal Ligation Reversal

Tubal ligation reversal surgery, also known as tubal reanastomosis or female sterilisation reversal, is performed to reverse a tubal ligation surgery. After having a tubal ligation, or having your ‘tubes tied’, some women decide to reverse the procedure for personal reasons or because they want to conceive a pregnancy. 

The procedure is minimally invasive and many women choose to undergo it with Qunomedical. We’ll provide you with the best information so you can choose from high-quality, vetted doctors regardless of your budget or if you chose to have surgery at home or abroad.

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QUICK DETAILS

WHO IS THIS FOR

Women who want to reverse their tubal ligation surgery. Your eligibility will be influenced by age, BMI, the method of your tubal ligation, and the amount of the damage to your fallopian tubes.

RECOVERY TIME

Tubal ligation reversal is performed as an outpatient procedure. In some cases, you may be asked to stay in the hospital for another day. You can expect to make a full recovery within a few days to a few weeks depending on your health status and the kind of surgery that was performed.

SUCCESS

The success rate of tubal ligation reversal is 45–85%. This depends on the pre-surgery state of your fallopian tubes, the type of surgery performed, your age, your health, and other factors.

TREATMENT DURATION

2-3 hours

POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS

  • Infection

  • Bleeding

  • Pain

  • Ectopic pregnancy

  • Formation of scar tissue on the reproductive organs

  • Injury to other internal organs

  • Adverse effects to anaesthesia

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS

Tubal Ligation Reversal Costs

When you’re thinking about getting a sterilisation reversal, finding out how much tubal ligation reversal costs can be tricky. Many insurance companies or national health plans (i.e. the NHS) don’t cover the costs and in the UK it can be as much as €5,000 to have the procedure. This is why many women consider going abroad for their treatment, with acclaimed clinics like KCM in Poland offering the procedure at around €3,000.

Below are starting prices for Tubal Ligation Reversal in different countries

CountryPrice (EUR)
Poland€3,000
Turkey€ 5,500

How Does Tubal Ligation Reversal Surgery Work?

Before undergoing tubal ligation reversal surgery, you will have a brief consultation with your chosen surgeon. They’ll talk you through the details of the procedure, explain any risks and discuss alternative options in case you are not eligible for the surgery. Once your consultation is complete, your doctor will also check the current state of your fallopian tubes. By making a small incision on your stomach, they’ll pass a laparoscopic camera through your abdomen — this is a low risk, minimally invasive procedure. This is done to make sure that your fallopian tube is healthy enough to perform the sterilisation reversal. If you are eligible, a tubal ligation reversal process is relatively straightforward:

1. Anesthesia

You will be placed under general anesthesia so you won’t feel anything during surgery.

2. Incision

The surgeon will use laparoscopic or robotic surgical equipment (depending on the clinic), to make what is known as a ‘bikini cut’. This cut is about one inch long near your pubic hair line and below your belly button.

3. Reversal

Through this incision, the surgeon will insert a laparoscope and small instruments that will reach your tubes. Then using this apparatus, they will remove any clips that were used to tie them together. The damaged portions of the tubes will also be removed. Following this, they will stitch the two ends of the fallopian tubes together with very small stitches. To make sure the tubes were successfully reattached, your surgeon will inject a dye into each end of your tubes and observe if any leakage occurs. Then your tube tie reversal is complete.

Alternative: Minilaparotomy

An alternative to tubal ligation reversal is a minilaparotomy. This procedure differs from typical laparoscopic surgery because of the length of the incision made. A 4–6 cm incision is made on your abdomen, through which the surgeon can reach your fallopian tubes. Then similarly, the tubes are unblocked, damaged parts are removed and the remaining tubes are stitched together.

What Should I Expect From a Tubal Ligation Reversal?

Before undergoing the procedure, consult your surgeon to determine your eligibility and discuss all possible alternative options. It is important to keep in mind that the reversal does not guarantee a successful pregnancy, and is influenced by many factors. If you have not been able to conceive after a tubal reversal surgery, set up a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to undergo further testing and decide on a plan of action. Lastly, please make sure to follow all post-op guidelines and attend any follow-up appointments as needed.

Why Choose Qunomedical for Female Sterilisation Reversal?

Qunomedical is independent, unbiased and follows a ‘patients first’ approach. We have an excellent network of vetted and qualified doctors at home and abroad. So, no matter your budget or location, we connect with the perfect doctor for your needs. Travelling abroad for surgery can be daunting, which is why we offer 24/7 access to your individual Patient Manager. We also offer packages which cover accommodation, ground transfers, post-op care, and medication — we help with everything, so you can travel hassle-free.

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