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6 Questions and Answers About Getting a Tubal Reversal

Jul 20, 2008
Like many women who have had a tubal ligation, you may find yourself wanting a new baby. To change things you have to choose between tubal reversal and in vitro fertilization. No matter what made you change your mind, you have to decide which one is going to be the best for you. Following are some of the most asked questions.

1 - One question that gets asked comes after talking to your doctor about wanting to have another baby. It's usually some variation of my doctor hasn't heard of tubal reversals but is pushing IVF. Why? The short answer may be that he is either working with outdated information, or if he went through medical training in the last couple decades, he may have never even seen a tubal reversal surgery. And you know that if you aren't trained in it, it must not exist, right? After IVF came along it became the treatment of choice. Take a look at the next question and I think you will understand why.

2 - What are the cost and success rates of tubal reversal vs. IVF? Most doctors say to expect to need an average of 3 cycles of IVF at an average cost of $10,000 to $12,000 per cycle. Each cycle has a success rate of 10 to 30% and it depends upon the number of eggs implanted with the inherent problems to that. That doesn't even consider what IVF cycles do to your body. However, a tubal reversal averages $8,000 to $9,000 for a one time surgery. The best and most experienced tubal reversal doctor charges less than that. And the success rate averages 69% but that's from that doctor's website. You need to know what your surgeon's rates are.

3 - So is my age a factor? Unfortunately the answer is yes. As women get older, we are less able to have children till we hit menopause. Same for getting a tubal reversal. The older you are, the more your chances go down. But even at that, they are better with a tubal reversal than IVF

4 - Does it matter how long it's been since my tubal ligation? In a manner of speaking, only as it applies to the question above. A 25 year old who had her tubes tied 5 years ago has a better chance than a 44 year old who had them done five years ago at 39.

5 - How long is the surgery? This will depend upon the experience of the doctor you select. If you have one that has done maybe two surgeries in the last three years, it will probably be done in a hospital at greater expense and take longer. However, if you select a doctor like Dr. Berger, then your operation will be done as an outpatient procedure and you'll only be in the operating room about an hour. But then he has done over 7000 surgeries and that's all he does.

6 - My doctor does lots of other stuff (IVF or surgeries). How does that affect things? The simple answer is do you want a sometime tubal reversal doctor or one who does nothing but tubal reversals? Who is going to be more experienced at it and have seen everything under the sun? The one who does nothing but the one surgery. He has the experience and he has the knowledge. Do you want a part-timer?

There are more questions but this article is long enough. Get the answers to these questions for yourself. Then you can decide if IVF or tubal reversal is best for you. You can also decide which surgeon will be best to go with as well.
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