Tubal reversal surgery is a more involved and invasive procedure than the tubal ligation surgery it intends to reverse. As with any surgery, there are steps you can take prior to your appointment to help the operation go smoothly and make your process a pleasant one.
Consultation and Blood Tests
Before your appointment, you will have a consultation with your surgeon to discuss the procedure and have blood drawn. While bloodwork usually happens at least three weeks before the appointment, your consultation may be closer to the operation date.
Your blood will be run through the following tests: complete blood count (CBC), HIV antibody, hepatitis B pathogen and hepatitis C antibody, and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Your FSH levels may be monitored for three days, as this hormone plays an important role in conception after surgery.
Women in a relationship who wish to get pregnant soon after the reversal surgery may also have their partner's semen analyzed to make sure the sperm is healthy enough to fertilize an egg.
Bring a Friend
Make arrangements with your spouse or a close friend or family member to drive you to and from the hospital. You will likely be staying at least one night in the hospital, so you may need to reserve a hotel room for your accompanying friend, especially if you are traveling out of state. Be sure to arrange for a babysitter or alternative child care if needed.
For three weeks prior to surgery, you should avoid taking any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin or ibuprofen. If you need over-the-counter pain relief, Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe to use.
Discuss with your doctor any prescription medications you take regularly to determine the appropriate action. Do not take any herbal supplements unless they have been cleared by your doctor. You may be asked to stop smoking in the weeks prior to surgery, as smoking can prolong healing.
Other preoperative care preferences vary from doctor to doctor. You will be given specific instructions for any additional steps you need to take during your consultation.