This informational guide was created to provide a comprehensive overview of the Tubal Ligation Reversal procedure. Developing a basic understanding of this technique should provide you with the tools to make an informed decision about your reproductive health. You will then find a step by step plan that will walk you through the initial phase of putting your plan of "having a baby" into action.
Please read this guide carefully so that all of your questions about the many facets of the Tubal Ligation Reversal procedure are answered. Topics discussed range from the different factors that will determine your specific chances of success to comparing Tubal Ligation Reversals and the IVF procedure. While this informational guide is thorough and detailed, you may still have questions after completing it. Dr. Levin and his knowledgeable staff are available to provide any additional information that you may need.
Although Tubal Ligation Reversals have been performed on women for over 50 years, for the majority of that time the procedure has had very low rates of success. Twenty years ago, the average gynecologist had a success rate of 5-10% and unfortunately today, most are still in that same ballpark. However, in the mid 1970’s, with the advent of a new technique for reversing sterilizations developed by Dr. Robert Winston, these figures began to drastically improve. At the Hammersmith Hospital in London, England, Dr. Winston refined this new procedure and published his first medical article describing it. Using a large operating microscope, delicate microscopic instruments and sutures (stitches) so small they are all but invisible to the naked eye, Winston began to report success rates that far exceeded any other technique before. Even now, using Winston’s micro-surgical techniques will help to ensure the highest success rates possible and remain superior to all other contemporary methods, particularly the use of eye loops.
At the time Winston’s article was published, Dr. Levin was training as a Reproductive Endocrinologist at the Yale Medical School. Dr. Levin developed an interest in Winston’s work and immediately went to work in the lab, attempting to reproduce these results. Over the next nine months, while working closely with a small group of micro-surgeons, Dr. Levin was able to reproduce Winston’s techniques. At that time, Dr. Levin, along with the head of the Yale Infertility Section, performed the first micro-surgical Tubal Ligation Reversal ever successfully completed at Yale. In fact, this case was most likely the first micro-surgical Tubal Ligation Reversal ever performed in the United States (1976) using the new Winston method.
Only months after Dr. Levin performed this groundbreaking surgery, the patient successfully conceived a healthy child. Later Dr. Levin traveled to Europe to collaborate with Winston firsthand. After working together for a brief period, Winston confirmed that Dr. Levin has indeed reproduced his micro-surgical Tubal Ligation Reversal technique. In fact, Dr. Levin has pioneered many variations to this procedure which are currently in use. Since that first breakthrough case at Yale, Dr. Levin has performed well over 10,000 Tubal Ligation Reversals with truly wonderful rates of success.
A highly esteemed reputation, excellent success rates, and a down to earth approachable manner, make Dr. Levin the clear and easy choice for all patients. Whether from the local area or the other side of the country, patients agree that Dr. Levin provides, “First rate, warm and friendly service with terrific success rates at an extremely competitive price”. Women commonly travel from as far away as New York, Texas, California, Hawaii, England, France, Germany and Brazil to work with Dr. Levin. Dr. Levin has appeared on ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, The Phil Donahue Show, People Magazine, and with countless other media publications and shows. But while these media events attest to his public acclaim, it’s his surgical techniques and wonderful success rates that should mean the most to you. So please read on and pay close attention as your likelihood of having another baby may well hang in the balance.