Hi Dr. Levin, here is my long overdue testimonial. I have included some pictures. I can't thank you enough!
My husband and I married in 1994 and immediately started a family. We had 3 babies over the next four years and while I loved the babies, my pregnancies were very hard. It seemed the logical, sensible thing to have a tubal ligation and that's what I did after our third child. Unlike my usual way of doing things, I did no research on the different methods or possible side effects, I just did it.
Part of me regretted the decision immediately. Right after the operation as they were wheeling me out of the OR a helpful nurse told me cheerfully, "No more babies for you!" Then, while still in recovery, another person showed me my tube segments that had been removed and were in a specimen jar. I was really wondering what I had done by this time.
Life went on and we were busy with our 3 children and our careers, but whenever I thought about it I knew I had made a mistake. It hurt to think there was no possibility of ever conceiving again especially as our kids grew older. Finally, I looked into tubal reversal and just seeing the words in print made my heart smile. I knew I wanted to do it and after lots of research (this time!) I picked Dr. Levin. I chose him first and foremost because of his experience and ability to successfully perform the surgery. His way of doing business and approachable manner only added to my feeling that I chosen wisely. I should note that I drove over 7 hours to see him when I had another tubal reversal clinic only one hour away. I was not taking any chances.
Once I decided to pursue this, I was on a mission. I had my medical records sent immediately to his office and was overjoyed when he e-mailed me that very night and said I was a good candidate. I scheduled my surgery for July 25, 2005.
Unfortunately, the surgery did not go as smoothly as it could have. Dr. Levin explained that my tubes were pulled up in the pelvis by some blood vessels and it was hard to get them together. He said he had to adjust his technique and the surgery took longer than expected. He felt that my left tube at 7 cm was probably stable, but didn't have a lot of hope for my right. He wanted me to wait a full 6 weeks to try to conceive.
I wasn't one of the ones who got pregnant right away. After several months I had the HSG done and it showed the left open, but not the right as expected. I was overjoyed. I named the left one "Ruby" and the right one "Booby." One tube is all it takes and I now knew that I was fertile.
But I still didn't get pg for quite a while. I tried clomid without success. Dr. Levin offered to do more testing, but we opted to just wait and see. We even started the process for an international adoption.
Then, the two magic lines! Ruby had come through for me! Almost 2 years after my TR I was pregnant. I couldn't believe it and neither could anyone else. I had taken some gentle criticism from co-workers and friends about having the TR. No one really thought it would work. I was so happy and proud to make this announcement!
Dr. Levin monitored my blood work and when all seemed well turned me over to my OB. Michael James Lindsey was born November 5, 2007 and has been running the house ever since!
I can't thank Dr. Levin and Venica enough for sticking it out even though my surgery was difficult. I suspect that if I had gone to a less experienced doctor, my results would not have been the same. We cannot imagine life without little Mikey! If I had it to do over, I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for this incredible gift.
Elizabeth and Michael Lindsey