Possible side effects and complications
While side effects and complications are uncommon, they do occasionally occur. These include:
It is not uncommon for swelling to appear along the wound after the operation due to tissue fluid engorging the area. This generally rapidly subsides without great difficulty. Occasionally walking is a problem until it has subsided.
Subtantial pain after tubal reversal is not usually severe although it can occur. Simple analgesics such as Paracetamol (but not Aspirin) are recommended. It is wise to be aware that pain is an indication to be careful about trying to do too much as physical activity is the most common cause.
Infection is rare, but should there be any dramatic increase in swelling or pain after the operation, you should contact this surgery and antibiotics will most likely be prescribed. Unfortunately any operation that opens the body to the atmosphere can have bacteria contaminate it and lead to infection.
Haematoma is a collection of blood in the wound around the site of the operation due to the leaking post-operatively of the microscopic blood vessels which can be damaged at the time of the surgery. As it is not possible to tie all these vessels off as they often go into spasm once they are cut and bleeding can restart some time after the operation is completed and cause a haematoma.
Clots in the legs - Deep venous thrombosis
As this operation is a long operation due to its microsurgical and delicate nature, occasionally young women can still develop clots in the legs which can, on rare occasions, travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolus). This is an exceptionally rare complication.
Please contact my office if you have any concerns or if you think you may have developed a complication of surgery.