New here from TX

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Registered: 09-10-2011
New here from TX
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Sun, 09-11-2011 - 12:06am

Hello all, my name is Shannon I am 35 years old and have three DD. I had my tubes tied after the birth of my youngest daughter in October of 2002. I thought that having my tubes tied then was a great idea and didn't think that I wanted any more children. I now regret that decision. I have considered TR for a few years now. I have a great family that supports me and have encouraged me to look more into it. I think that I have stumbled on a few roadblocks at the moment. I'm not sure what all the doctors recommendations will be. Can anyone who has been down this road give me an idea of what to expect?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-07-2008
Sun, 09-11-2011 - 12:27am
Welcome to the boards!

As far as what to expect, a lot of that really depends on the doctor you go through. There are some well known, like the ones at Chapel Hill, that have all of their information on their websites and then there are other local reproductive centers that aren't as well known.

I had my TR done through a military hospital. Before the TR, I had to give them a copy of the OR report from my tubal ligation, have a bunch of blood work done to verify that I was still fertile, and my husband had to have a semen analysis done. Once all of that was done and came back okay, I was scheduled for the procedure.

As for the procedure it's self, that depends on which procedure your doctor does. There are 3 ways of having a reversal done, an open procedure (where you end up with a 3-5 inch incision on your belly about where a c-section would be), a laprascopic procedure (where you just have small incisions from the equipment), and a robotic procedure (which I'm not sure about because that's the newest and not really used much yet).

I had an open procedure and was put under general anesthesia. Because of those two things, the hospital I was at insisted I stayed in the hospital for the night. Many places don't have that same requirement.

If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you!!
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-10-2011
Sun, 09-11-2011 - 4:00pm

Thanks for the warm welcome. I am considering Dr Rosenfeld in Houston as that center is significantly closer to me and I have heard so many great things about him. I'm in the process of obtaining my OR report of my TL so I can forward it on to his office and find out if I will be a good candidate for a TR. I know that I had my tubes burned and cut so I can hope that my tubes are still useable! I pray they are. I'm on pins and needles til then. :)

Community Leader
Registered: 07-07-2008
Sun, 09-11-2011 - 11:06pm
I hope you get some good news once he gets your OP Report. I think one of the most important details they look at, besides the type of ligation done, is the length of your remaining tubes. Let us know how it goes!!
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Registered: 11-13-2008
Mon, 09-12-2011 - 4:08pm
Hi Shannon! I just wanted to add my welcome to the board and wish you lock with your TR :)

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Registered: 09-10-2011
Sun, 10-23-2011 - 4:17pm

I recieved my OP report and Pathology report back. I've sent results to the doc and I was told that I had a ligation and resection procedure. The doc removed less than 1 cm of each tube and they expect that I will have adequate amounts of tube remaining. Expecting that portions of the tube have been damaged but that I should have plenty left to work with. Phew I'm very relieved to know that. Looks like I may be getting my tubal reversal at the local VA hospital as I am a military vet. I'm very excited as well!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-07-2008
Sun, 10-23-2011 - 9:25pm
That's great news!! I hope it goes well for you. Keep us posted!
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-10-2011
Wed, 11-16-2011 - 12:24am

Well the journey has begun. I saw the doctor today and things are kicking off. I had all my blood work done today. . I've got the pelvic ultrasound scheduled and the doc wants to do an HSG test not sure when that is going to happen. I am nervous about the HSG. I haven't heard great things about it but I'm gonna do it because it has to be done. Sperm analysis is probably going to happen next week. I'm optimistic right now, we'll see what happens. I'll keep ya'll updated. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-07-2008
Fri, 11-18-2011 - 10:26am
I hope it all goes well!! Good luck!!
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Registered: 12-29-2011
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 10:54am
Hi! Just thought you might know since you are a fellow Texan and a veteran. My husband is a vet and wants a vasectomy reversal. Do you know which VA hospitals in Texas provide that? Congrats, I hope all goes well for you and your family.
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Registered: 09-10-2011
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 10:03pm

I am using the VA hospital in Houston, Tx. I'm not sure how close you are to that but I'm sure that if he goes thru hisVA doctor at his local clinic he should be able to get to the VA hospital to talk to the docs there. I hope this helps and sorry for the late reply.