Women’s Reproductive Health
Tubal Ligation Reversal
Tubal Ligation Reversal surgery has the potential to restore fertility for women who have undergone tubal sterilization. This procedure reconnects the fallopian tubes after a woman has had her “tubes tied”, which restores their natural function and creates fertility in 80% of outcomes.
The procedure is carried out under general anesthesia at an outpatient center and takes approximately two hours. The abdomen is accessed by a two-inch incision, then the fallopian tubes are identified and the area of blockage is surgically excised. The free ends of the fallopian tube are then carefully reconnected using a very fine suture.
The most successful tubal ligation reversals are seen in patients who are younger than 40 years old, who have three or more inches of healthy fallopian remaining after tubal ligation, and with fallopian tubes originally blocked by clips, rings, or minimally burned.
Tubal Ligation and Reversal Q&A
Tubal ligation is a form of lasting birth control in which the fallopian tubes are cut, tied, cauterized, or blocked in order to prevent the release of an egg. Tubal ligation is for women who no longer want to conceive a child. It does not affect your menstrual cycle or protect against STDs.
Some forms of tubal ligation require minor surgery or can be completed during a C-section while other forms can be completed as an outpatient procedure. There are risks and benefits to each form of tubal ligation, and a visit with your doctor at Atlanta Body Institute can help you make the best choice.
Tubal ligation is one of the most effective forms of birth control. Fewer than one in 100 women will conceive after having a tubal ligation. The younger you are when your tubal ligation is performed, the greater the likelihood the procedure will fail.
Another possible complication is ectopic pregnancy. This occurs if sperm is able to fertilize an egg and the egg implants itself inside the fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies require immediate medical attention, so call your doctor if you suspect one.
In some cases, tubal ligation can be reversed. You are a candidate for tubal ligation reversal if your fallopian tubes were originally blocked by clips or rings or minimally burned and if you are under the age of 40 and have three or more inches of healthy fallopian tubes remaining.
Statistics show that fertility can be restored with a tubal ligation reversal in about 80% of women.*
*Individual results may vary.
Depending on how your tubal ligation was performed, your doctor will outline how the procedure can be reversed. You are placed under anesthesia during the reversal surgery while your doctor makes a two-inch incision on your abdomen.
Your doctor locates the fallopian tubes, removes the area of blockage, and reconnects the healthy portions of your fallopian tubes with a very fine surgical suture. The entire surgery takes about two hours, and you return home the same day.
You recover over the next one to two weeks and can slowly return to your normal activities. If complications arise, call your doctor immediately for treatment.
If you are interested in tubal ligation or would like to have it reversed, call IBI Healthcare Institute or schedule a consultation online today.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
Hair loss, fatigue, and low libido are just a few examples of the common symptoms of a hormone imbalance. In women, a hormone imbalance may cause unwanted physical manifestations such as facial hair, acne, and difficulty to manage weight gain. These effects may stem from a number of health issues including adrenal fatigue, thyroid disease, estrogen dominance, hyperandrogenism, metabolic syndrome, or sexual dysfunction. All of these are treatable with bioidentical hormone treatment. These hormones are biochemically and structurally the same as the ones your body produces and are introduced to create a more balanced hormonal state.
A key part of women’s health is empowering women to make choices about contraception. IBI Healthcare Institute offers several options to women looking for a birth control solution aside from traditional oral pills including a monthly contraceptive vaginal ring, a hormone-secreting IUD that lasts up to five years, and a permanent surgical procedure.
Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Defects
There are two main types of urinary incontinence. These are stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and urge urinary incontinence (UUI). If you have SUI, you may lose urine when you laugh, sneeze or cough, or exercise. If you have UUI you might have sudden losses of urine without any warning, or the inability to reach the bathroom before you start leaking.
After completing urodynamic measurement tests, your doctor will determine if these issues are a symptom of pelvic floor defects. These occur when the connective tissue that holds your female organs in place is weakened, and as a result, there is a bladder prolapse, rectal prolapse, or uterine prolapse.