When a woman is looking to untie her surgically altered tubes; whether they have been cut, burned, or blocked some other ways, she has two options available to her. The first option available to her is tubal reversal surgery and the second option available is vitro fertilization, or IVF. Both of these are reasonable choices but how a woman chooses between the two should be based on educated research, as well as the pros and cons of both.
Having the tubes tied consists of outpatient surgery procedure that utilizes a scope going through the belly button. By performing tubal reversal, the surgery is considered to be major surgery and it is done by making a larger incision across the stomach. There is a lot more discomfort to go through when having this surgery because the incision made is about four to six inches across the belly. Some surgeons are performing this type of surgery through the laparoscope, but overall the procedure is still rather difficult. Since this is major surgery, it requires the patient to stay in the hospital for three days. Moreover, the patient must be out of work for at least two to three weeks.
The advantage of having tubal reversal surgery is that once the surgery is done, you do not need to take any prescription drugs or undergoing other procedures in order to get pregnant. She can get pregnant naturally. In some cases, having twins is a possibility. However, the big disadvantage is that it has a higher rate of failure when compare to IVF. In case of failure, another option would be using vitro fertilization. If the patient is able to get pregnant and conceive a child, she will need to use a contraceptive or have tubes tied again to prevent another pregnancy.
IVF often involves a woman taking medication, extracting some of her eggs and combining them with her partner’s sperm, and then having them injected back into the uterus in hopes that one of them will attach and be successful.
One of the biggest advantages to IVF is that the surgery does not take nearly as long as its alternative procedure. It has a greater outcome of pregnancy, and the result for taking a pregnancy test is ten days, which is relatively short when compare to one year using tubal reversal surgery. The main disadvantage is that the patient may have to take medication to stimulate her eggs. Because of this, there is a risk of multiple births. Another disadvantage is that it may take more than one try for it to work which can add up in cost.
Costs for both procedures differ from one state to another throughout the country. On the low end, tubal reversal surgery can cost around $3000 and up to $10,000 on the high end range. On the other hand, IVF cost starts about $7000 to $20,000. The expected pregnancy rates for tubal reversal surgery are between 40-75%. For IVF, expected pregnancy rates are between 60-70%.
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