If you’re having second thoughts after you’ve undergone tubal sterilization and you want to conceive a child, you may be a good candidate for tubal reconstruction surgery. At her practice in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Meena Jain is highly skilled in restoring fallopian tubes to increase your chances of conception. To find out if you’re a candidate for tubal reconstruction surgery, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
Tubal reconstruction is a surgical technique that reverses a tubal sterilization, a lasting method of birth control. During a sterilization procedure, a surgeon ties or burns the fallopian tubes to prevent eggs from traveling from the ovaries to the uterus.
The goal of reconstructive surgery is to restore the fallopian tube pathway and increase the likelihood of achieving a viable pregnancy. Dr. Jain can determine if this type of procedure is right for you after a review of your medical history and a physical examination. Dr. Jain may also wish to perform testing on your partner’s sperm to ensure it’s healthy enough for conception.
The rate of success for tubal reconstruction depends on several factors, including:
While a tubal reconstruction procedure can help improve your chance of getting pregnant, other fertility factors also need to be considered, including your overall reproductive health and the health of your partner’s sperm.
If you are healthy and Dr. Jain can successfully repair your fallopian tubes, the pregnancy rate following reconstruction is between 75% and 80%, with conception typically occurring within the first year after surgery.
Dr. Jain performs this type of surgery while you’re under general anesthesia. She may use laparoscopic surgery techniques that require a small incision across your bikini line. During the procedure, Dr. Jain uses small instruments to reconnect the ends of the fallopian tubes.
Following your surgery, you can expect to go home to recover. You may need to take prescription or over-the-counter medications to manage pain. You may also need to limit your activities for up to two weeks, including no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise until you heal.
Dr. Jain can provide you with restrictions and care information after your procedure.
While generally considered safe, tubal reconstruction can increase your risk for infection and complications resulting from anesthesia. You may also be at increased risk for an ectopic pregnancy, a condition where a fertilized egg attaches inside the fallopian tubes instead of the womb.
If you’re interested in learning more about tubal reconstruction, book a consultation online or call Dr. Jain’s office today.
*Individual results may vary