ARC® Fertility Glossary

Tubal Reversal

A tubal reversal procedure is an operation to reanastomose (“put back together”) fallopian tubes that have been previously burned or cut so that a woman would have permanent contraception. This operation can usually be done as an outpatient procedure. A small incision (bikini cut) is made in the lower abdomen to expose the fallopian tubes. An operating microscope is used to magnify the very small tubes so that they can be carefully reattached with very small suture.The surgery takes about 2 – 3 hours. Pregnancy rates range from 50% to 70% in women under age 40.

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