Tubal Ligation Reversal Testimonial Baby Club
from Richard M. Levin, M.D., PSC at 1-502-584-7787
Volume 1: February 2001
The Valentine Edition

The testimonial below is the first in a monthly series of remarks from real people who found Dr. Richard Levin on the internet and have had a tubal ligation reversal. Diane and Vince Castagna of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania have been so gracious to allow us to share their story with other couples who are thinking of having a tubal ligation reversal and they have consented to accept your email inquires at: vcastag@msn.com. If you are interested in having this procedure performed then please visit our web site listed below by clicking on "Get Started . . . have a baby!".
Thanks Diane and Vince and best of wishes on your pending delivery!

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Case Facts:  On December 30th, 1992, Diane had Falope rings put on her tubes at the age of 23. She had two failed IVF attempts in New Jersey where she lives and finally found Dr. Levin's website information on tubal ligation reversals. On July 17th, 2000, at the age of 30, Diane had Dr. Levin perform a bilateral microsurgical tubal anastomosis on her under a large operating microscope yielding final tube lengths of 4.0 cm on each side. Four (4) months later she had conceived her new baby and subsequently went on to a normal delivery.
Please read Diane's own recounting of her story . . .

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Let me start by saying that Dr. Levin was a God send to me and my husband. He is a wonderful and caring man and doctor. He is genuinely concerned and involved with his patients and is not out for a quick buck. He is readily available to consult with and answer any questions that you may have before committing to his service or taking any payment from prospective patients.
I had my tubes tied in December of 1992. I was in a very bad marriage and did not want any more children with my ex-husband. I divorced and remarried in 1996. I desparately wanted to have a child with my new husband. We started researching on various options in 1998 after we had relocated to New Jersey from Iowa. We contacted a reproductive facility in February of that year. They presented IVF to us. My husband had underwent a semen analysis prior to our consultation and we were told that his sperm count was so low that there would be no way for us to conceive naturally, even with a tubal reversal. Our desire was so great that we decided immediately to proceed with IVF and all that was involved; ie, hormone injections, cost, and the uncertainty of success. We were convinced by the nurses and doctors that we were the 'ideal' candidates given the fact that I had successfully conceived previously and that I was young. What could go wrong? They were going to conceive the embryos in the lab and put them right where they belonged, in my uterus.
We were devestated when the procedure failed. We hadn't had time to deal with our loss when they had called to inquire where there first payment was! Unfortunately, there is no money back guarantee with IVF.
It was then that we searched for other alternatives and we came across Dr. Levin's website. It was too perfect! He was in Louisville. That's where I am from and where my family is. We e-mailed him and he promptly responded. We decided, however, that we still had 5 embryos that were in cryopreservation and we did not want to forget about them so we proceded with another try in the summer of 1999. This time, we were cautiously optimistic. Rightfully so, because again, we were let down. So, after spending over $20,000 in medication and hospital payments, heartbreak, and the loss of 7 embryos, we decided that somehow, someway, Dr. Levin would be our final attempt.
He requested a semen analysis from my husband and he said that the numbers didn't look good, but we agreed that it only takes 1 sperm to achieve pregnancy. He gave us back our hope.
I had the reversal done on July 17, 2000, Dr. Levin's birthday! It was our first face to face meeting. This was the man who would change our lives. The procedure went well, without complications. Everyone at the hospital and anyone involved with Dr. Levin's practice was sincerely nice. I believe they enjoy their job because they realize the impact that they are having on people's lives.
I went in 3 days after the procedure to have my staples removed and Dr. Levin gave me a hug and wished us well and asked that I keep in touch regarding my progress.
In September I began to get discouraged (I am very impatient). I e-mailed Dr. Levin to see if there was anything different that I could try. He suggested that I use a program called Cyclewatch which monitors your cycle via your basal body temperature to determine ovulation. I was skeptical. I started the program on my next cycle in October.
I became pregnant in November and our child is due in August! He was very patient with me when I was concerned about the pregnancy being ectopic. He took time out of his evening to call me at home (long distance)and reassure me that everything would be fine.
I know that GOD is the ultimate reason for our blessing, but Dr. Levin was his instrument.

Update 8/18/2001
Born August 3, 2001 at 4:10 A.M.
Claire Catherine Castagna
7 lbs 4 oz, 19 inches
Update 12/20/2001
Our testimonial was the first to be posted by Dr. Levin. Since then, we have given birth to our healthy baby girl, Claire Catherine. She was born on August 3, 2001 at 4:10 a.m. weighing 7 lbs. 4 ozs. and 19 inches long.
Since our surgery, we have kept in contact with Dr. Levin and he with us. We stopped by for a visit during the Thanksgiving holiday and introduced him to our miracle baby.
Dr. Levin continues to be a part of our lives. I referred a friend to him and she had her reversal done in November. She is anxiously awaiting a positive result!
As has been stated in all of the posted testimonials, Dr. Levin is not only a fantastic doctor, but he is a wonderful person and anyone choosing to have him do their reversal will not be disappointed. I pray that GOD continues to bless him!
Vince and Diane Castagna

Update 4/5/2003
Abigail Marie Castagna born 1/3/2003

Abigail Marie was born on January 3, 2003 @ 4:02 am, weighing 8 lbs 4 ozs.
We never imagined that we would have 2 babies, never mind becoming pregnant when our Claire was only 8 months old! The pregnancy was uneventful except for my diagnosis of Group B Strep which would require an antibiotic IV drip during labor to prevent the baby from becoming infected. The last month I had started to dilate slowly until on my last doctor's visit I was dilated to nearly 5 cms. I knew that once she was ready to arrive there would be no time to wait. I couldn't have been more right! Fortunately, my mother arrived from Louisville for her month long stay with us 3 days prior to my due date.
When labor did finally begin shortly after 2:30 am, I wasn't sure that it was the real thing. I called the hosptial and they suggested that I come in. As luck would have it, it had snowed that night and Vince had to clean off the car. By the time he had finished, there was no doubt that this was the real thing! Once we were on our way, my contractions went from 5 minutes apart to 2 minutes apart within only a few contractions. We finally made it to the hospital at approximately 3:45 and I opted to walk to the elevator rather than take a wheelchair thinking that it would hurry things along. The IV drip had been prepared for me, but there was no time to administer it. By the time I got to the delivery room there was only time to get my clothes off. Our Abby was born with fluid on her lungs due to her coming so fast. Fortunately she suffered no ill effects from the GBS. She was given a steady dose of antibiotics for 72 hrs as a precautionary measure. When the drip was removed, she developed jaundice. On the fifth day of our stay, I told our pediatrician that we were taking her home that day and she agreed.
Abby is doing well now and our family is complete. We are so blessed and yes, it does get overwhelming having an infant and an under 2yr old, but I know that we would be miserable without them and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. I pray that all of Dr. Levin's patients have the same success that we have had.