You now have a basic understanding of the Tubal Ligation Reversal technique and some of the factors which contribute to rates of success. The next portion of this material will provide you with a comprehensive guide to preparing for your surgery, obtaining your operative note, letting you know what to expect from your surgery as well as a guide to financing options will be reviewed to assist you.
The first thing that you should obtain is a copy of the operative note and pathology report from the sterilization procedure. The easiest way for you to get these two documents is to either write or go to the medical records department of the facility where the procedure was performed and ask that they send the reports to you on that very day. If your name has changed since your sterilization, have them list your current name on the reports so that Dr. Levin’s staff will be able to easily locate them for your appointment. If you choose to write a letter requesting your records, be sure to give them your name at the time of the procedure, your date of birth and social security number, as well as the approximate date of the procedure. Request that these two reports be sent to you immediately. Upon their receipt, forward the reports by mail or fax to Dr. Levin’s office as listed on this booklet. If the reports are no longer available for any reason, simply schedule an appointment with the office and Dr. Levin will help determine which method was most likely used. If you need a medical records release form please download the medical release form to your desktop. Click on the new desktop icon to open the form, fill in the blanks and then print out the form to send to the medical records department.
Depending on the type of sterilization and the amount of tube removed, it is sometimes desirable to perform a laparoscopy, prior to the reversal procedure, to directly view the tubes to make sure the tubes are long enough for a successful outcome. A laparoscopy is an outpatient surgical procedure that takes about 10-15 minutes under a general anesthetic (asleep). A small telescope is inserted through the belly wall just below the navel. With this telescope, your GYN doctor will be able to see the tubes, tell how much was removed, how much is left and how “healthy” the tubes appear. At that point your doctor and you both will have a better idea of your chances of success with a tubal reversal. If there is any doubt about the length of your tubes or how good your tubal sterilization records appear to be then you should consider having this procedure performed.
If you are not current on your annual Pap smear and gynecologic exam it is important that you have that done before having your tubal reversal so please make sure you are up to date with this issue.