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"Tubal Reversal," also called "Tubal Sterilization Reversal," or "Tubal Ligation Reversal," or "Microsurgical Tubal Reanastomosis," is a surgical procedure that can restore fertility to women after a tubal ligation.

The procedure is done under sterile conditions to avoid the possibility of introducing infection. The overall time to do the procedure is about a half an hour, most of which is spent in getting you comfortable, readying the equipment, and cleaning the skin. The actual time spent in evaluating and unblocking the tubes is usually only a matter of minutes and you will be able to leave about a half hour after your procedure is completed. You must be accompanied by an adult who can take you home afterward. The doctors will explain to you and your companion the results and a letter will be sent to your doctor as well.

Preparation for the FTR procedure
Two days before your procedure, your gynecologist will prescribe an antibiotic called Doxycycline to be taken twice a day, which you will continue up to and after your procedure for two more days. Since FTR is sometimes uncomfortable (though usually much less than a hysterosalpingogram, owing to much more delicate equipment being used), an intravenous line is placed prior to the procedure. Short-acting medications will be given for relaxation and pain relief. For this reason, you will be instructed to not eat anything after midnight the night before. You will also be asked to take Ibuprofen 400 mg (2 pills) the night before and the morning of your procedure.

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