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Posted by: Rose | 2009-04-02

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Dear Doc
I am a healthy 38 year old who would love another child. I had a tubal ligation done 12 years ago when i had my child (at same time as caesar). I was told last week by a fert spec. that he would not recommend a reversal. It would be a major op taking about 4 hours with 6 weeks recovery afterwards because i had it done at same time as a caesar. Would you agree with this? I thought reversals only took about 1 hour with same day discharge. Would much prefer a reversal to IVF. Appreciate your opinion!!

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Dear Rose

If you have had a tubal ligation at the time of a Caesarean section the chances are high that the fallopian tubes were not only tied but probably cut as well. This would mean that the success of reversal maybe be significantly decreased. On average an operation like this would last between 1,5 – 2 hours and there would be a 6-week recovery period after this. I would suggest IVF as a better option than the reversal as your chances of conception would most likely be higher with IVF.

Answered by: Dr Y.M. Dasoo

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