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Sterilisation reversal for women

Microsurgery to restore your fertility

Sterilisation reversal surgery involves unblocking or rejoining the fallopian tubes to the ovaries

About

Sterilisation is usually intended as a permanent procedure. However, between five and 10 per cent of women who choose to be sterilised later opt for a reversal. Sterilisation reversal surgery is a delicate, minimally invasive procedure done with the help of a tiny camera called a laparoscope.‚Äč

Need to know

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    The procedure is done under general anaesthetic, meaning you'll be asleep. Most sterilisation reversals are done as laparoscopic or 'keyhole' procedures. Your surgeon will make a small cut in your abdomen and use a tiny magnifying camera to see your fallopian tubes. Robotic-assisted surgery can also be done, which allows your surgeon to work with incredible precision to repair your fallopian tubes. If your tubes have been clipped, the clips will be removed. If your tubes were cut, your surgeon will reconnect them with tiny stitches. In more complex cases, open surgery may be required. Your surgeon will recommend the best procedure for you.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before the procedure. It's important to understand that it's not always possible to restore fertility. Success rates are around 50% to 60%, depending on your age and how long ago you had your sterilisation procedure. Your consultant will discuss your options with you, including other potential fertility treatments.
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    The whole procedure can take up to two hours. You should be able to go home the same day as your surgery, but some people will need to be cared for in hospital overnight. Your consultant will let you know what to expect. It's normal to have some pain and tenderness in the area for a few days after your surgery. Ibuprofen or paracetamol should help to keep you comfortable. Your consultant will let you know if you'll need to come back to have any stitches removed. They'll also let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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