Your fertility is a personal matter, especially when it comes to making decisions on family planning. Your views on fertility may change throughout your reproductive years. Earlier in your life, it may have felt like the right decision to have your tubes tied after your last pregnancy. At the America Institute of Reproductive Medicine – Alabama, we understand that circumstances change. Infertility, voluntary or not, can cause great sadness and distress to those who wish to have another baby. Being counseled on your options by a reproductive endocrinologist, like Dr. Cecil A. Long with 30+ years of experience, can be invaluable when making a decision whether or not to untie your tubes. If you are a woman still in your reproductive years with your tubes tied, we want you to know there are several different options you can choose to get on the road back to fertility.
"Dr. Long helped me and my husband get pregnant last year. He figured out exactly what was wrong with me and preformed my hysteroscopy and laparoscopy last April and we had our first and only IUI in May. We got pregnant on our first IUI. We used him at ART and continued to use art for the 12 weeks. Our whole experience was great and wish Dr. Long the best of luck!"- S.E. / Facebook / Jan 06, 2018
"I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Long. He is absolutely wonderful. We are forever grateful for our two precious miracles. Thank you Dr. Long!"- H.C. / Facebook / Oct 30, 2017
"Dr. Long and his new practice, America Institute for Reproductive Medicine is amazing! Dr. Long truly cares about his patients and goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable and informed!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 27, 2017
"Dr. Long is amazing! You won't find a more caring, invested Dr! He's honest and goes out of his way to help and reassure his patients. It doesn't get any better than Dr. Long!"- S.Y. / Facebook / Oct 24, 2017
"Dr. Long was an answered prayer to my husband and I! He was absolutely wonderful and held our hand every step of the way! My family is now complete with 2 beautiful babies because of Dr. Long!"- A.F. / Facebook / Oct 18, 2017
Dr. Long has medical privileges at Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham, AL, where he performs a majority of his surgical procedures. If you decide to have a tubal ligation, you will have an outpatient procedure under a general anesthesia. Dr. Long can opt to perform either a robotic laparoscopy or minimally invasive laparotomy. He will discuss this in further detail at your treatment planning appointment.
While robotic arms with the appropriate instruments will perform the laparoscopy, Dr. Long will be carefully controlling every movement. Through tiny incisions, the instruments will reconnect the fallopian tubes under the doctor's control from his station. A camera is also inside to give Dr. Long a clear view of the area being amended. This technique is several hours long and does take more time than a traditional surgery. Incision points are very small.
Laparotomy or mini-laparotomy
With 2 – 3 small incisions along the pubic hairline, Dr. Long will open up the area. He will use a special microscope and microsurgical tools to reconnect the fallopian tubes with special sutures. Once complete, he will close the incision points.
Alternatives to surgery
When tubal reversal surgeries are unsuccessful, Dr. Long will run the appropriate tests, order diagnostic images, and more to find out the cause. Your partner may also want to make an appointment to have his semen analyzed upon the recommendation of Dr. Long before stating that the procedure was a failure.
In most cases, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is statistically the best alternative to tubal reversal surgery available today. IVF can bypass the tubal ligation entirely for better outcomes in several situations, such as:
- For women who have had their tubes tied but have a small number of eggs, lower quality eggs in their reserve, or those who use an egg donor
- Male partners with low sperm quantity and/or quality which do not fertilize the egg
Dr. Long may also discuss with you the appropriateness of going straight to IVF during your initial treatment planning appointment to achieve your goals as efficiently as possible.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 7 – 10 Days
Regain Your Fertility
If you would like another opportunity to have control of your fertility cycle with a tubal reversal, contact AIRM for a consultation with Dr. Long in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Long will compassionately discuss your options and may offer you several solutions or choices to obtain your pregnancy goals. We look forward to starting the conversation with you about how we may assist your family. Call today.