Tubal Ligation Reversal Testimonial Baby Club
from Richard M. Levin, M.D., PSC at 1-502-584-7787
Volume 75ed2: August 2008
Extra Edition 2

The testimonial below is an Extra Edition in a series of remarks from real people who found Dr. Richard Levin on the Internet and have had a tubal ligation reversal. Milly and Michael Cioe of Pawtucket Rhode Island have been so kind to allow us to share their story with others who are thinking of having a tubal ligation reversal and they have consented to accept your email inquires at: MandMCioe@aol.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!”.
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Case Facts: Milly had a Pomeroy sterilization performed on 6/12/1990 at the age of 21. Her doctor had removed 2.0 cm from each of her tubes. At age 38, she had her tubal reversed with Dr. Levin on his birthday 7/17/2006. Her right tube was 7.5 cm. Her left tube had no fimbria so Dr. Levin opened up the tube (salpingoneostomy) to try to allow the egg to still get to the tube and be fertilized. She had 6 cm of tube on this side.
Please enjoy Milly and Michaels's story in Milly's own words . . .
I've been meaning to write you sooner but with this new beautiful baby boy - I can't seem to detach myself long enough to do so. I know you probably don't remember me as you have so many patients, so I will give you a quick synopsis. I had my TR on your birthday July 17, 2006. I was the first of two surgeries scheduled on that day. I remember making a comment to you that I knew I was in good hands because you had the Boston Red Sox colors on that day and man was I right! You were able to give me 7 cm on my right side and 6 cm on the left but you stated that you really didn't think the left side was going to stay because you had to pull it real tight. We had a 6 week wait before trying to conceive and a 75% chance. Recovery went well, as I followed your instructions to a “T”. NO EXCEPTIONS! I was very impressed with the fact that you and Venica came to visit me the very next morning after surgery and were so loving and gentle. You explained thoroughly what had transpired during the surgery and was able to explain everything to me in detail the do's and don'ts and possibly side effects that could happen within the coming weeks.
We actively tried for two (2) months after our recovery time but then opted to stop. We figured the stress over it would hinder our chances. Boy were we right! We conceived on October 21st and on November 10th we got our BFP! My EDD was July 14th, which I thought was fantastic and a coincidence that almost a year later I would have my little munchkin. Pregnancy went fantastic. I enjoyed absolutely everything that I experienced during my pregnancy, for some reason it just meant more to us. Every little kick, movement, hiccup was like a reminder that a miracle was happening. We were planning on doing a VBAC but then we were told that because of my ripe old age of 38 and my previous C-section that there was a 1% chance that my uterus “could” rupture, which could be harmful to my little angel. Well after hearing that, there was no other decision to be made, we were going with the c-section - not because I just love to have surgeries :) but because 1% was WAY too much of a chance to risk especially after coming so far. So our due date was moved up and we had him on July 10th at 2:26 pm (which I believe is one of your children's birthday) - he weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. We named him “Ethan Michael” and he's absolutely perfect! I can't seem to stop staring at him or kissing him.
I would love to do a testimonial for your website if given a chance especially after our long journey and 2 failed IVF's. I would hope that my story would give hope to any woman who was told that it couldn't be done. When we finished our second attempt of IVF the doctor was so unfeeling and so insensitive. She made a comment like, “well at least you tried - good luck to you” and that was it. It was a huge disappointment knowing that for almost 6 months I had gone through self-injections, weekly blood works, medications and lastly egg retrieval and fertilzed transplanting and all I got was “sorry, bye-bye now”. There was absolutely no follow-up as to how I was doing mentally along with physically. It was an awful experience!
But then when I thought it was over, I came across your website. Instantly there was something there that just drew me to your practice. I hesitated for a month or so, even though I would still go on your website daily and was able to read the stories online along with the support group/chat group. I was encouraged by the many wonderful stories that was shared along with the support of all the future and former patients they were giving to one another. They were like family, a family I was starting to want to be a part of- so I discussed it with the husband and we decided to call and go for the telephone conference and instantly I knew you were the “one”. After the call, we booked the surgery right away! I came away from the conversation with you that our dream could and would be achieved.
On the chance of sounding mushy - I can't even begin to express how incredibly indebted, grateful, appreciative we are to you. You gave us the best gift we could have EVER received from anyone in the world. You gave us a beautiful baby boy whom we love so much and never in a million years after being together for 10 years did we ever imagine that we could ever have a chance of having a child together. ( I have 2 from a previous marriage and he has 1). Your gifted hands which were touched by God healed our broken hearts and gave us a the gift of life. Thank you so much for that - the word alone to us doesn't cut it but I just don't know what other word or words could express how we feel. Not only did you do a fantastic job but Venica was awesome as well the rest of your staff (Melanie). Very professional, caring, kind and wonderful personalities. Always so generous with their time to answer any and all questions or concerns, which I'm sure they have answered a million times over. They as well as yourself, never made me feel stupid or insignificant. We were treated with respect and we thank you for that. We're so glad that you all were sent to us. Miracle on land!
Here's our little angel Ethan and again our sincerest and deepest appreciation and gratitude for this wonderul gift of love. :)