It is estimated that 5-10 per cent of women who are sterilised choose to have the procedure reversed at a later date. There are many factors that might contribute to this decision including remarriage and the desire to have another child if the woman was sterilised at a young age.
Mr Broome is one of only a few gynaecologists who performs this procedure laparoscopically which means using minimally invasive keyhole techniques. This allows for a rapid recovery and only one night’s stay in hospital. The procedure involves using very fine sutures to reconnect the fallopian tubes which will have been tied, burnt or clipped during the original sterilisation. The laparoscope is used to magnify the inside of the pelvic area and significant skill is required to conduct this very delicate operation. If successful, fertilised eggs will be given unrestricted passage along the fallopian tubes again and the woman can theoretically become pregnant by natural means.
However, success rates depend on a number of factors such as the patient’s age and general health, the method used for sterilisation, and whether there are any pre-existing gynaecological conditions. Mr Broome is happy to discuss the likelihood of success on an individual basis.