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Reversal of Sterilization

Tubal ligation surgery closes off the fallopian tubes so eggs are not able to enter the uterus and sperm is not able to reach the egg. Fallopian tubes may be closed by tying the tubes together, sealing the tubes shut with a ring or clip or cauterizing the fallopian tubes. It is intended to be a permanent form of birth control, however, some women wish to pursue pregnancy sometime after the procedure has been completed. Depending on the physical state of the fallopian tubes, the treatment can be reversed.

The likelihood of a successful tubal litigation reversal is contingent on several factors, including age, type of tubal litigation surgery and overall health of the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. The surgery is performed through a laparoscopy or laparotomy. The ends of the fallopian tubes that have been closed are cut transversely, then reconnected through the inner and outer layers of the tubes. Dye is then injected through the cervix to confirm that the tubes have been successfully reconnected.

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