Penn Fertility Care

Tubal Ligation Reversal

More than 650,000 women undergo tubal ligation in the United States annually. Tubal ligation (or "tying the tubes") is surgery to close a woman's fallopian tubes. A woman who has this surgery can no longer get pregnant.

Although many women choose to have tubal ligation, some women regret this decision later in life. Tubal ligation is considered a permanent form of birth control and is not recommended as a short-term contraception method.

However, there are options for a woman who changes her mind and decides to conceive again. These options include tubal ligation reversal (tubal anastomosis) to reconnect the fallopian tubes or in vitro fertilization (IVF). About 50 to 80 women out of 100 who have their tubal ligation reversed are able to become pregnant.

Leaders in Reproductive Surgery

Penn Fertility Care offers the latest technology to reverse tubal ligation and are leaders in reproductive surgery. With physicians experienced in robotic tubal anastomosis surgery, patients can undergo a minimally invasive surgery with a quicker recovery time than a standard microsurgical anastomosis.

A Penn Fertility Care specialist will provide a recommendation on a woman's best option to conceive, but in general, women who make the best candidates for tubal ligation reversal are those whose tubal ligations included either the removal of a small section of the fallopian tubes, or those whose tubal ligation was achieved by clips or rings placed around the tubes.

Tubal ligation reversal has been performed less frequently in the past few years due to the development and success of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Women who have little chance of a successful tubal reversal are advised to consider in vitro fertilization.