Southern California Tubal Reversal & Fertility Specialist
Newport Fertility Center
by Orange County fertility doctor Mark Kan, MD
How often are tubal reversals successful? What needs to be done to
reverse tubal sterilization?
The expert answers
Tubal sterilization is generally considered a permanent procedure. While it is not always possible, reversal of sterilization procedures can be attempted in appropriate patients. An alternative to Southern California tubal reversal surgery is
in-vitro fertilization (IVF), which bypasses the tubes altogether and can also lead to a successful pregnancy, eliminating the need for a Newport Beach tubal reversal.
The method of initial tubal sterilization is important. Because tubal sterilization requires the tubes to be tied, clipped or burned with electrical current, there is always fallopian tube damage. This damage often precludes successful tubal reversal surgery. The operative report from the initial surgery will detail which technique was performed. A patient considering this procedure should have a complete work-up, checking for male infertility, normal ovulation and other causes of infertility.
A hysterosalpingogram (X-ray test of the uterus and tubes) is routinely performed to check the status of the uterine cavity and proximal fallopian tubes. These tests are performed to ensure there are no other reasons for infertility before an elective reversal surgery. Given the appropriate candidate, reversal techniques have reported success rates between 50 to 80 percent. Additional benefits include a lower rate of multiple gestation when compared to IVF and the ability for future conception without additional procedures. It is important to know that even in the best candidates, the surgery may not be possible or successful. In addition, there are routine surgical risks involved with
laparoscopy and laparotomy.
A reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist is a reproductive surgeon trained in both tubal surgery and IVF. A Southern California fertility specialist can explain the risks and benefits of both procedures, and help you make the best decision for achieving pregnancy via fertility treatment in Orange County.
See if you are a laparoscopic tubal reversal candidate, call 949 222-1290 and schedule a phone consultation.
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