Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can my tubal ligation be reversed?

The vast majority of women with prior sterilization can have their tubes reopened. It is important that you obtain a copy of your surgical operative report and pathology report. The operative report will describe the type of tubal ligation that was done and the pathology report (if available) may give an estimate of the length of tube that was removed. These reports will be reviewed by our physician and you will be contacted to discuss your probability of undergoing a successful tubal reversal. Please fax these reports to us at 817-551-9280.

2. What is the success rate following a tubal reversal?
Pregnancy rates vary depending upon the type of tubal ligation, the age of the woman, the skill and experience of the surgeon, and other possible fertility factors. The overall pregnancy rate is approximately 70%.

3. What tests do I need before my tubal reversal surgery is done?

In general, a hematocrit or complete blood count (CBC) is required prior to surgery. It is recommended that a semen analysis be performed on your current partner.

4. What risks may be associated with tubal reversal?
The risks associated with the surgery may include injury to the bowel, bladder, or a blood vessel. There is the possibility of infection or of complications associated with anesthesia. The major risk associated with tubal reversal is a tubal pregnancy which occurs in approximately 10% of pregnancies after tubal surgery. When detected early, a tubal pregnancy may be treated medically and avoid the need for additional surgery. When a patient becomes pregnant, it is important that she contact her obstetrician-gynecologist who will perform serial blood pregnancy tests and an ultrasound examination to determine the location of the pregnancy. Our staff will always be available to assist you if you have questions following your surgery.

5. How do I schedule an appointment for a tubal reversal?
After we have reviewed your prior operative and pathology reports and we have discussed the potential success of a tubal reversal, please let us know the date that you would like to have your surgery scheduled. For more information, you can reach us at 817-293-7022.

Dr. Robert Smith is serving the communities of Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Richland Hills, Weatherford, Stephenville, Keller, Waco, Granbury, Burleson, Crowley, Cleburne, Mansfield, Benbrook, Mineral Wells, Glen Rose, Hurst, Bedford, Axle, Lake Worth, Hillsboro, Euless and Decatur.