After my first child was born in 2002, I just knew without a doubt that I wanted one child. After developing preeclampsia, it was a difficult pregnancy at the end, and frankly, I was scared to go through that again. Plus, the first few months of being a new parent can be scary, and somewhat overwhelming, at times. I decided when my baby was just 6 months old to have a tubal ligation. Well, I knew I had made a mistake around the time my baby turned one year old. I started having overwhelming feelings of wishing I could have another child, and feelings of extreme guilt and regret over having the tubal. How could I have made such a huge mistake? I am usually a very organized, well-thought-out kind of person, but I felt so stupid for making that decision. I also felt like there was no way I could express my regret to my husband, or anyone else. After all, I was SO SURE...how silly would I look now if I changed my mind over something so big? I “secretly” started researching the internet for a way to fix my mistake. I googled “tubal reversal” and Dr. Levin was one of the first names to pop up. I read over his website and it all seemed too good to be true. I compared him to some other doctors I had found through my search, and his all-inclusive price was less expensive, yet he seemed to be the most experienced - and he was only one hour's drive from me! I was skeptical. I had found him on the internet - surely it was some type of scam, or he wasn't really as qualified as he seemed. There had to be a catch. I can now tell you that without a doubt he is the best tubal reversal doctor out there. He is the REAL DEAL.
After much time and soul-searching on how to approach my husband about this, I finally discussed it with him. It became a very long and emotional road to travel down. Eventually, we were on the same page and in agreement to go ahead and have this done. I met with Dr. Levin in person and set the date for the surgery. He was very easy to talk to, and everything still seemed too good to be true. The only complaint I have is that I had to wait 4 months before my surgery - but that just shows you how popular he is! My reversal surgery was scheduled for August 7, 2006. Dr. Levin told me I had the easiest type of tubal to reverse - bands placed in the middle of each tube. The surgery went very smoothly. Everyone at the hospital was wonderful. Dr. Levin and Venicia came by my hotel room the next morning to check my incision. After the surgery, I had 9cm of each tube. The surgery was a success, but my tubes were very thin and delicate and I was told to wait 6 weeks before trying to conceive. Well, even after following the doctor's instructions, I found out I was pregnant on September 10, 2006! It seems we had conceived a miracle baby in a rather unlikely way just 2 weeks after surgery. We did not have intercourse. I remember Dr. Levin saying this is how teenagers get pregnant. I am here to tell you that sperm can travel a long way! Unfortunately, that pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 9 weeks. I truly feel like my body was not ready to handle a pregnancy, and I would encourage anyone having this surgery to listen carefully to the doctor and give yourself time to heal.
My miracle baby was determined to be born. I was pregnant again the next cycle after the miscarriage! I had many early ultrasounds (with both pregnancies) and my obstetrician said that Dr. Levin had done an excellent job putting my tubes back together. Thankfully, even at the age of 37, it would seem I am still quite fertile. But, more importantly, my tubes are working great!! The 2nd pregnancy went very well, and I was induced at 36 weeks due to hypertension. My beautiful, perfect little miracle baby was born on September 6, 2007. She weighed 4 lbs, 14 oz., but was very healthy.
I cannot express enough how grateful I am to Dr. Levin for putting me back together, physically and emotionally. The whole experience was wonderful. The surgery went smoothly, Dr. Levin's staff is very warm and helpful, everyone at Jewish Hospital was very caring, and even the pain and recovery from surgery was not that bad - completely overshadowed by the wonderful feeling of being “complete” again. I would encourage anyone considering a tubal reversal to trust Dr. Levin. He is simply the best.
Lori and Bill Settles