For women, the decision to have tubal ligation, or to get their “tubes tied,” is a difficult one to make, but that decision no longer needs to be a permanent one. Doctors at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, 8900 VanWyck Expy., now offer a tubal reversal procedure for women, giving them the opportunity to become pregnant again.
Tubal reversal is a simple, minimally invasive procedure that reconnects the fallopian tubes and restores their ability to function after a previous sterilization procedure. The surgery is performed by trained doctors, who use specially designed instruments to gain access to the fallopian tubes.
During tubal ligation, the fallopian tubes on both the right side and left side of the uterus are interrupted, with the intention of permanently preventing pregnancies. Up until recently, there was little hope of reversing this procedure. Now, through the tubal reversal process, the ends of the damaged tubes can be reconstructed and repaired, restoring a women’s fertility. Once the surgery is complete, testing will be performed to make sure that the tubes are open or “patent.”
Dr. Khaled Zeitoun, reproductive endocrinologist and infertility gynecologist, performs this procedure with great success at Jamaica Hospital. “This procedure gives women a second chance at having a baby,” states Dr Zeitoun. “The effectiveness of tubal reversal is approximately above 50 percent and is a much more affordable fertility option than other procedures such as IVF (in vitro fertilization).”
While the overall success rate for conception is high for those who have tubal reversal surgery, there are some factors that affect this success, such as the degree of damage to the tubes during the original tubal ligation procedure, the weight and health status of the patient and other medical factors in the patient and the partner.
The procedure traditionally takes from 2 to 4 hours and recovery time is minimal, with patients in most cases going home the same day. “In the majority of cases patients can try to become pregnant during their next ovulation cycle and every cycle after that, which is another benefit when compared to other options which only allow patients one chance of conception,” explains Dr. Zeitoun.
To learn more about the tubal reversal procedure or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zeitoun, call (718) 206-7642.