It is not unusual for a woman who has undergone treatment to have her fallopian tubes cut or blocked to change her mind about having a child and wanting to become pregnant. Tubal reversal is a surgical procedure that offers such women the possibility to restore their ability to reproduce after tubal ligation. While there is no guarantee of restored fertility after tubal reversal surgery, among patients under the age of 35 with no contributing infertility factors, the post-operative pregnancy rate is approximately 75 percent. The odds of success are reinforced when the procedure is performed by a skilled and experienced fertility specialist such as Dr. Janelle Dorsett.
Although tubal reversal offers many potential benefits, it remains a serious surgical procedure that requires a relatively significant recovery period. Dr. Dorsett explains tubal reversal recovery in detail during consultations at her Lubbock, TX fertility center so that patients will understand precisely what the procedure entails. She wants her patients to be able to make informed, confident decisions about whether to proceed with treatment.
Are you interested in learning more about recovering from tubal reversal, or tubal reversal in general? If so, we invite you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Dorsett at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine today.
Recovering from Tubal Reversal
Generally, tubal reversal surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. As you wake up from the surgery in the recovery room, a nurse will check your vital signs and make sure that you are doing well. You will be given medication for pain and nausea as needed, but will not be given or allowed to take any products containing aspirin for three days after the surgery. You will be allowed to be driven home within about four hours of the procedure.
During the first two days after your surgery, you may experience drainage from your incision. Clean it gently with soap and water, but do not rub it dry. Simply pat it with a towel. After two days, you will be allowed to bathe again, but you will not be able to rub your incision dry until a week after your surgery.
You should avoid strenuous activity during your recovery period; do not engage in sexual intercourse for two weeks after your surgery, and avoid heavy lifting for four weeks. Although you will be fairly exhausted and encouraged to rest during the first two days of your recovery period, you will want to do some light walking to promote healing and prevent swelling and clotting. Increase the amount of walking you do each day in order to build up your stamina and improve your circulation.
Most patients are able to return to work within a week to ten days of their surgeries. You will return to our office for a follow-up appointment a week after your surgery.
Learn More about Recovering from Tubal Reversal Surgery
To learn more about the recovery period after tubal reversal surgery, please contact The Centre for Reproductive Medicine today.