Tubal Reversal Specialist

Deborah Smith, MD -  - Reproductive Endocrinology

Rocky Mountain Fertility Center

Deborah Smith, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialist located in Englewood, CO & Rapid City, SD

If you’ve had your tubes tied in the past but would like to become pregnant, tubal reversal, or tubal ligation reversal, might be an option for you. Reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialist Deborah Smith, MD, at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center in Englewood, Colorado, and Rapid City, South Dakota, uses innovative tubal reversal procedures to restore your fertility. Call Rocky Mountain Fertility Center to learn more about tubal reversal or use the online scheduler today.

Tubal Reversal Q & A

What is tubal reversal?

Fertility specialists at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center use tubal reversal, also known as tubal ligation reversal, to remove blocked segments of your fallopian tubes. 

They reconnect the tubes so you can once again become pregnant. Re-opening fallopian tubes allows eggs to move through them to your uterus, where sperm can fertilize the eggs.

Will tubal reversal work for me?

Tubal reversal procedures are more often successful if most of your fallopian tubes are still intact. The following factors contribute to tubal reversal success rates:

  • Your age
  • Remaining fallopian tube length
  • The amount of damage in fallopian tubes
  • Your body mass index
  • The type of tubal ligation procedure you’ve had 
  • Egg and sperm quality
  • Your overall health

Tubal ligation using clips or rings is often reversible. If your provider used Essure® or Adiana® systems for sterilization, the procedure might not be reversible. However, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is an option if you’re not a good candidate for tubal reversal.

To assess your chance of successful tubal reversal, show your doctor the operative report from your previous tubal ligation. With this information, they let you know if tubal ligation reversal is a good match for you.

Your fertility specialist might also use egg quality or ovary function tests, a semen analysis, and imaging tests that assess the health of your uterine cavity. Your chance of successful tubal reversal drops if your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 35.

What happens during the procedure?

If you and your doctor decide to pursue tubal reversal, they use the most innovative, advanced equipment and procedures. 

Your fertility specialist might utilize laparoscopic or robotic equipment and tiny incisions to reattach your fallopian tubes. They use anesthesia, so you don’t feel pain during the procedure.

After tubal reversal, you can slowly resume everyday activities over the course of 1-2 weeks. Absorbable stitches dissolve over time. Your chance of becoming pregnant after tubal reversal increases if you’re age 35 or younger.

If tubal reversal hasn’t worked or you’re not a good candidate for it, ask your practitioner if IVF is a better option. Don’t give up if you’ve had a tubal ligation but would now like to have a baby. Call Rocky Mountain Fertility Center for a consultation today or use the online booking tool.