Had a sterilisation previously? Changed your mind?

Sterilisation is a surgical procedure performed to permanently prevent pregnancy. It involves applying clips to the fallopian tubes: tubal ligation. For many reasons, 5-10% of women want the sterilisation reversed. They may have a new partner or want additional children due to unforeseen circumstances. The reversal operation rejoins together each of the fallopian tubes, giving the woman a chance to get pregnant again in a natural way.

In addition to the renewed desire to mother a baby, many women consider tubal ligation reversal to overcome the undesirable effects of Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome. The symptoms may include menstrual irregularities, loss of libido, vaginal dryness and early onset of menopausal symptoms (hot flushes, mood swings, irritability, palpitation, and anxiety).

However not all women with tubal ligation, can consider a reversal. Reversal depends upon certain factors like age, the procedure used for the tubal ligation, the exact position of the ligation, and fallopian tube length available after the procedure. Women who have been sterilised using clips are likely to have the best chance of success. Women who have had a sterilisation operation where the tubes have been removed cannot have a reversal. The medical team would also require an examination of other health considerations before suggesting the viability of a tubal ligation reversal.

The procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours under general anaesthetic and involves precise surgery. The fallopian tubes have very small internal openings and are best seen using magnification. This enables the surgeon to join the tubes together accurately using delicate stitches to give the best possible results. The surgery can be done as a conventional abdominal surgery (bikini line incision approx 10-12 cm length accross the lower abdomen) or nowadays it can also be done as keyhole surgery.

Clinical evidence suggests that the success rate for tubal ligation reversal is between 20% to 80%. The most important consideration is a woman’s age, with women below forty years of age showing pregnancy success rates of as high as 80%.  We would like you to know that ALL women requesting a reversal of sterlilisation are treated with a totally non-judgemental attitude. No one can predict what is to happen in their lives and this service is offered to help individuals become fertile again.

Budapest Medical Services provide both conventional and key-hole procedures for tubal ligation reversal surgery. If you want to have your surgery in Budapest you need to plan a 12-14 day stay for conventional surgery and 8-10 days for keyhole surgery.

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Budapest Medical Services in Telki, Hungary a private healthcare provider owned and operated by doctors. With top specialists and outstanding medical facilities, they provide rapid access to high quality services in the fields of gynaecology, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery and urology.

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