Most of our patients can return to work after tubal reversal surgery in 3 to 5 days. We recommend that you do not lift heavy objects for two weeks, so if your job involves a lot of lifting you may need more time to heal. We will write you an excuse for work for whatever time you feel you will need. We emphasize your comfort at every step of the process in our accredited surgical center and after you go home. The discomfort from most surgeries is related to the incision and tubal reversal is no different. Being that we only do tubal reversal surgeries, we can do them through a 2 to 3 inch incision. The smaller the incision, the less discomfort and the sooner you are back to your normal self.
There is normal activity that you can do that will harm your incision or your tubal reversal. If you do too much you will be uncomfortable longer. We have developed a process that is designed for a rapid return to normal activity. Everyone is different, but we feel our ability to do tubal reversals though a very narrow incision is the key to your quick recovery.
If your tubal ligation was through laparoscopy (“belly-button” surgery) you will probably have less discomfort with tubal reversal than you did having them tied in the first place. When we have done your tubal reversal and dye tested your tubes to make sure they are open, your incision is closed in layers, with each layer being injected with a long acting anesthetic. The anesthetic lasts about 20 hours permitting you to get up and around earlier and that movement lessens your discomfort.