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Tubal Obstructions

Obstructions or closures in the fallopian tubes can occur for a number of reasons, and they prevent sperm from being able to reach the eggs for fertilization. Some women undergo a tubal ligation procedure to prevent pregnancy. In other cases, closures of the fallopian tubes may develop due to infection or disorders. Our expert tubal reversal center provides professional and compassionate care to restore fertility and help you complete your family.
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Factors That Impact Success


Age plays an important role in determining the success of your procedure. Since ovarian reserves naturally decline as a woman ages, the success of conception is impacted with age. If you are over 35, you may find it more difficult to become pregnant naturally. Additionally, the longer the tubes are blocked, the lower the chance of pregnancy after reversal.

Type of Obstruction

Most standard tubal ligation processes can be properly reversed. Successful pregnancies have been reported after the clearance of blockages due to infection or disease, and the procedure to open proximal tubal blockages has a high success rate.

Health Factors

Your medical history and current health can impact your procedure. The procedures become more difficult when performed on patients with a BMI over 30.

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Surgical Options

Tubal Ligation Reversal

The success of ligation reversal depends on the technique used and the skill of your surgeon. A small incision is made along the bikini line. We examine the site of your tubal ligation under a microscope. The closed portion of your tube is removed with microscissors, and the ends are reconnected with very fine sutures. We use adhesion prevention techniques to improve the success rate of your surgery.

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Tubes that are blocked due to a prior infection, endometriosis, or pelvic adhesions can be improved through a laparoscopic tuboplasty procedure. A camera is inserted through the belly button to provide a visual of the blockage. A minimally invasive technique is used to surgically open the previously blocked area.


Proximal tubal blockages, tubes that are blocked next to the uterus, can be treated with a hysteroscopic cannulation. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Success rates with proximal cannulation can be as high a 90 percent, depending on the cause, and pregnancy rates range from 50 to 90 percent post-surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the procedure performed?

The surgery is performed in a hospital or a fully accredited ambulatory surgical facility.

How long does surgery take?

Tubal ligation reversal surgery takes between one and two hours. Laparoscopic tuboplasty and hysteroscopic cannulation are typically shorter procedures.

Do any of the surgical options require an overnight stay in the hospital or surgical facility?

No; surgery is done on an outpatient basis. Patients will be in recovery for approximately three or four hours before they can return home.

What is the recovery like after I go home?

Recovery time is dependent on the individual’s recovery rate and response to surgery; some people take less time than others to recover. In general, recovery times are the following:

  • Tubal reversal surgery: 1 to 4 weeks
  • Laparoscopy: 2 to 7 days
  • Hysteroscopy: 1 day

How does tubal ligation reversal or blockage reversal restore my fertility?

Tubal ligation and blockages close off the pathways that allow egg and sperm passage. Reconnecting or clearing these pathways allows sperm to travel through the tubes and fertilize the egg.

How much does tubal ligation reversal cost?

The cost of your reversal will vary depending on a number of factors. To determine your exact cost, please contact us to schedule your consultation.

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