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Richard M. Levin, M.D., PSC. Phone: 502-584-7787 | Fax: 502-589-3842 E-mail:

How Weight Can Impact Your Success

While women of every shape and form can lead healthy lives and get pregnant – being significantly overweight is one of the factors that can negatively affect the success of your tubal reversal surgery and your ability to get pregnant afterwards.

The heavier the patient, the more difficult it is to access and repair the tiny fallopian tubes which are deep in the belly. In addition, being significantly overweight can also negatively impact a woman's hormonal balance, which may make it more difficult to get pregnant.

While this can be a sensitive subject, from a medical perspective it is important to be honest with our patients. We want you to have the best possible outcome in your tubal reversal journey. Getting your weight into better balance is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for your tubal reversal and improve your odds of being able to have a baby.


For patients whose BMI is 32.1 or higher, you are probably visiting this page because you are currently outside of the height and weight range to be approved as a candidate for tubal reversal. Keep the faith, we’ve had many patients on the very same journey you are on right now. Many of these patients lost weight, had their tubal reversal and went on to get pregnant and have their dream baby.

We believe in you and know that you will be successful in reaching your goal and we look forward to helping you with your tubal reversal journey.


Many of our patients have had success with sensible weight loss plans that include moderate exercise, gastric lap band surgery or the roux-en-y gastric bypass. If you’re interested in learning more, we suggest you make an appointment with a nutritionist or bariatric doctor to find out which option is best for you.


Even if you can find another reversal doctor to perform the surgery at your current weight, please be cautious as you make the decision of who will perform your reversal.

One doctor in North Carolina requires that all patients with a BMI of 29 or above undergo mandatory liposuction surgery at a cost of $1000. In our opinion, there is no medically established basis for using liposuction in conjunction with tubal reversal. There is no evidence that using liposuction aids in a better repair of the tubes or the overall outcome for the patient. This doctor’s use of liposuction potentially introduces unnecessary health risks including surgical complications, dangerous shifting of body fluids and in a worst-case scenario death.

We understand that many of you are laser-focused on having your next baby. And we’ll be right there with you when you are in the best place to have the surgery. Please make the decision of your reversal doctor with consideration for your overall health and safety.


We wish you the best of luck and know that you will be successful in losing weight. We look forward to helping you with your tubal reversal journey and your dream of having a new baby.