Who is a candidate for tubal ligation reversal?
The decision to proceed with this method should be made by the couple following evaluation and recommendation by a doctor who specializes in reproductive medicine and has experience performing tubal ligation reversal surgeries. How much of each fallopian tube remains for possible rejoining is a critical factor in determining whether a woman with a prior tubal ligation is now a candidate for a reversal procedure. The location and amount of damage to the fallopian tubes is determined mostly by the surgical technique that was used. Sterilization in women is accomplished when a section of each fallopian tube is blocked to stop the path that sperm and eggs need to travel to achieve pregnancy. The tubes are either tied off with clips or rings, cut, or burned with electrical energy, depending upon the type of surgical procedure that was used. The amount of tubal damaged varies with each type of surgical procedure. In addition to evaluating the amount of fallopian tube available for rejoining,