Even if tubal ligation reversal is successful, it doesn't guarantee that you can become pregnant. Pregnancy rates following reversal of tubal ligation vary greatly depending on a woman's age and other factors. Success rates may be as high as 80 percent or as low as near 40 percent depending on your circumstances.
Tubal ligation reversal is abdominal surgery, which carries a risk of infection, bleeding and injury to nearby organs, as well as risks related to anesthesia.
If you do conceive after having a tubal ligation reversal, there's a chance that the pregnancy will be ectopic — when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.
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