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Family Planning Reversal Surgery


Women after undergoing family planning surgery, where the fallopian tube is cut or clipped, may want to try for pregnancy again. TubalSterilization or Ligation (tying of the tubes) is considered as a permanent method for family planning. However, this procedure is definitely reversible. Laparoscopic Tubal Recanalization is a procedure done to reverse Tubal Ligation or Sterilization (Family Planning). It rejoins the previously cut portions of the fallopian tube.


How is Laparoscopic Tubal Recanalization Surgery Performed?

The tubal sterilization reversal surgery is performed by laparoscopy under general anesthesia. The already tied tubes are first cut and the two ends are rejoined and sutured, thus allowing the eggs and sperms to pass through to fertilize. This is a delicate procedure, handled by just a few highly skilled Laparoscopic surgeons.


What are the Advantages of Laparoscopic Tubal Recanalization surgery?

  1. Minimally Invasive
  2. 2-3 small incisions
  3. Less painful
  4. Less blood loss
  5. Daycare procedure
  6. Patient recovery is very fast as compared to traditional open Tubal Recanalization procedure

The Pregnancy rate after Tubal Recanalization surgery is 40 to 50%, and it varies with age, length of the fallopian tube, the function of her ovaries and her husband sperm count. The success rate of pregnancy is more in 3 to 6 months after Recanalization surgery.


What preparations will be needed prior to surgery?

Any investigations or consultations arranged at the preoperative consultation should have been completed, to make sure there are no medical conditions that may cause a problem during the surgery. Patients should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before surgery. The bowel preparation medication should be taken as ordered. You should continue your regular medications unless advised otherwise. Should you develop an illness prior to your surgery, please contact your surgeon immediately.


What should I do on the day of the procedure?

Unless otherwise specified, you should stop eating and drinking at the following times on the day of the surgery:
1.At midnight for a morning procedure
2.At 6 am for an afternoon procedure
You should continue all your usual medications unless otherwise specified.

What type of anesthesia will be required when performing Tubal Recanalization?

Patients are put to sleep under general anesthesia.


Is there a hospital stay after surgery?

95% of our patients go home the same day as their surgery.


What should I expect after the procedure?

When you wake from the anesthetic, you will be in the recovery room. A drip will be maintained and the catheter will normally be removed the same day.


What kind of recovery can be expected?

Patients should expect to take antibiotics and painkillers for a few days post-operatively. We encourage patients NOT to stay in bed. They should move around the house and resume normal activities as soon as they feel up to it. Some women are well enough to return to work 5 days after surgery.


After discharge from the hospital, what I should do?

  1. Eat and drink normally
  2. Remain mobile
  3. Shower normally
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