How Much Does Tubal Reversal Cost?
Tubal ligation reversal is an alternative for women or couples who experience events that change their desire regarding more children. Although a tubal ligation procedure, commonly known as “getting your tubes tied,” is regarded as a permanent birth control method, there are ways to reverse it, including tubal reversal surgery. With this option, natural childbirth can once again be achieved.
How much does it cost?
- On average, be prepared to pay anywhere from as little as $2,400 to as much as $5,500 for tubal reversal. Some of the biggest factors affecting the price are the experience of the surgeon and the geographical location.
- The cost of a tubal reversal at Florida-based Tubal Reversal Experts is $4,500 and $5,500 for high risk patients. The amount, which must be paid prior to the procedure, includes the consultation fee, tubal reversal surgical fee, anesthesia fee, operating room fees, and hospital fees.
- Tubal reversal cost at The Jackson Clinic in Tennessee is $5,400. The amount covers a surgery and anesthesia fee of $2,000 and a hospital fee of $3,400. A deposit of $1,000 is required to schedule the surgery, with the remaining balance to be paid on the day before the surgery.
- The cost of a standard tubal reversal procedure at The Center for Tubal Reversal in California is $3,650 and $2,400 for a robotically-assisted laparoscopic tubal reversal. The all-inclusive fee includes: initial consultation, preoperative visit (including pelvic ultrasound examination), Semen analysis (if needed), preoperative blood work, surgery professional fees for the surgeon and assistant (no assistant necessary for robotically-assisted tubal reversal), and postoperative visit (optional but included). In addition, a fixed cost for operating room plus anesthesia will apply to standard and robotically-assisted laparoscopic tubal reversal.
What is going to be included?
- The tubal reversal procedure is a surgical method performed to reconnect a woman’s fallopian tubes following tubal ligation. Usually done through an open abdominal incision, it involves the use of an operating microscope and special micro-devices to sew the tubes together to restore the functionality of the severed, cut, or blocked ends.
- Operating time can vary among surgeons and can last from 60 to 90 minutes. There are usually no complications involved, apart from the discomfort and infrequent post-operative episodes of queasiness. This is usually not an outpatient procedure; after the surgery, the patient may need to stay for an hour in the recovery room and then moved to a private room. Most patients are able to leave the hospital within 24 to 48 hours. Recovery time is typically within 7 to 10 days.
- Depending on where the surgery is done, the following may be included in the cost of a tubal reversal procedure: consultation fee, surgeon fees, anesthesia fee, facility fees, semen analysis, pre-operative visit and blood work, general labs, and post-operative visits.
What are the extra costs?
- Other charges may include laboratory fees, which may include specific analysis and screenings. At some clinics, a semen analysis is required before a tubal ligation reversal procedure is done. Additionally, there are clinics that require an initial office visit fee.
- Additional fees will also be charged for patients who have special medical needs or pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart/kidney/liver illness, asthma, and spinal problems, as well as for those who smoke, are overweight, or have allergic reactions to drugs.
- Prescription pain medication may be given after the tubal reversal procedure to relieve pain and discomfort.
- In some instances, a patient will need to get the procedure done in a place far from home. For this, he will need to set aside money for travel costs and lodging.
Tips to know:
- For those who plan to get pregnant following tubal reversal, the next cycle after the procedure is considered ideal for an attempt. Pregnancy rates vary and depend on the patient’s age as well as on the method of tubal ligation initially done. Most tubal reversal patients achieve conception within six months of the procedure. In some cases, pregnancy can take as long as a year.
- A tubal reversal patient will need to commit to a post-operative visit to her doctor at the appointed time in order to evaluate findings as well as to assess future treatment plans.
- There is no specified cut-off date for having a tubal reversal procedure. But the doctor will need a personal discussion of how it will work and the considerations that need to be evaluated.
- There are facilities that offer a tubal ligation reversal money-back guarantee, in which they will offer a partial refund if the fallopian tubes do not remain open following the surgery. If the patient has not conceived within 12 months after the tubal ligation reversal, the facility will provide a free x-ray test of the tubes at their location, or they will pay toward the cost of the x-ray test. If even one of the tubes does not stay open after the reversal, then the facility will refund a certain amount or will give the patient a credit towards another conception method at their facility.
How can I save money?
- There is an option to have the procedure done in an ambulatory surgical center as an outpatient. The rates charged by these facilities for the tubal reversal procedure are significantly lower than hospital fees since there is no hospital stay involved, eliminating the need to pay for hospital fees.
- If you cannot afford the payment up front, ask the clinic if they offer any sort of financing plan.