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Permanent sterilization is a minimally invasive procedure that some women choose as the most effective method of contraception. But sometimes life circumstances change and they may wish to once again explore fertility options.

Up to 26 percent of women report regretting their decision to have sterilization, according to the CREST1 study. Post tubal-ligation fertility options include in-vitro fertilization, which can cost up to $18,000 per cycle, and tubal ligation reversal.

Dr. Farnam performs an out-patient micro-surgical tubal ligation reversal using the da Vinci Robot. The average person might be back to work in three to five days. An office consultation and physical exam is required to determine if a patient is a candidate for tubal ligation reversal.  It is most helpful if the operative note from the original tubal ligation surgery is available for review.

The success rate for this procedure is 65-75 percent. The average total cost for this procedure is approximately $10,000.

Using the da Vinci system for this procedure has the following benefits:

  • Same-day discharge
  • Quick recovery
  • Small incisions
  • Minimal post-operative pain

1 Peterson, HB et al: The risk of pregnancy after tubal sterilization: findings from the US Collaborative Review of Sterilization. Am J Obstet Gynecol 174:1161-1170, 1996


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