Hi my name is Tara. I went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on July 18th in washington dc and had a tubal reversal surgery. I was on the waiting list since February. I started the process in December and got all my tests done by February. I ended up having to get a laparoscopy in May to see how much tubes I had left to make sure I didnt fly there for nothing.It didnt cost me a dime. Im supposed to start my period this weekend and I usually have very bad mood swings. Like to the point I almost get a divorce every month. This time I am happy as a clam. Never have been more loving. I dont know if its the surgery or if im pregnant already. Stay tuned.
I also noticed a lot of people asking about weight. I was barely over the 30% and they just did the other method on me. It was called the Devinchy. If you are overweight dont worry you can still get it done. I went to Walter Reed. I dont know about other places.
That is odd maybe you got someone there that didn't know much about it.The phone number I have at the obgyn clinic is 707-423-5361 this is the number that is on my pre-op follow up care sheet.I am 5'2 and 145 when I had my surgery and they never questioned it.Just know that your husband is going to need to give SA (seamen anylsys).Keep my posted.I am hoping that this cycle is it for me.This is the second cycle we have tried.The day after my surgery I had started my period and we tried then but the doctor said its best to wait one cycle due to all the pulling and tugging during the surgery.But don't worry about your weight if your trying thats all that matters. Good luck keep my posted!
ok, from my best recollection this is what madigan requires. BMI of about 30 or less..(not too sure) progesterone test @ 21 days hiv test semen analysis 3 day cycle blood tests to determine hormone levels. a dye test done to determine your tubal length
there are several blood tests that are needed at different times. I can't remember all the names but there are lots of blood tests
IF your naval hospital has the capabilities.Beale AFB doesn't so I had to go to Travis.I just want to warn you that it took them a couple months for travis to call me after the received my referral.If you don't hear from them in a month call them and "remind them" your still waiting.Hopefully you can get all your blood work and hsg done before your husband gets home! Good luck.Keep me posted.Kinda curious if your going to get my doctor!
Good morning They called yesterday, they are waiting for Dr Cassablanca new schedule to open then they will call me back an appointment.I am wondering since my husband and I already have one child together if they will still make him give a deposit.
Hello, I'm new to this thread. I have my TR scheduled at Walter Reed August 29th 2008. I'm excited, anxious, nervous etc... Everyone so far has been very pleasant and optimistic. I have submitted all of my labs and Operation report from my TL and the Dr said she is very optimistic about my TR. I think Dr. Barnes is who will be doing the surgery. has anyone had this done at Walter Reed? Also, is there a rough estimate of how long the surgery lasts? I know it depends on each person but isn't there maybe an average? I'm going crazy with emotions right now, but it's still all so exciting.. Thanks ahead for the information..
Well congratulations! I had mine done May 12 of this year at Travis AFB.My doctor did a laprascopy first to see how the tubes actually looked and then did the actual TR.I think my husband said I was in the Operating room for about 1 1/2.They were only able to reconnect one tube though. With the laprascopy they fill your stomach with air and I think that lasted forever! For me I had gas for about a week after the surgery.I know how you feel and its a roller coaster ride of emotions.Just don't let it get to you.I wish you the best.Let me know if you would like more information.
thanks for the response. I hope that my TR is only 1 1/2 hours.. I have read other posts on other sites where it took 4 or 5 hours ughh.. I think I have more anxiety about the anethesia, I've been under before but only once and I guess I just watch too much tv and read too much on the internet ha.. It's still not enough to keep me from doing it though I did have a couple more questions, how come they could only save 1 of your tubes? also, do you know how much of your tube you had left after your TL and how much they had to sacrifice for the TR? My TL they only took 0.8cm left side and 0.9cm right side, so out of 10cm I figure I have quite a bit of tube left. But they did burn mine too but hopefully only the tips of them i dunno.. They said they won't know until they actually get in there and look around. I had the modified pomeroy thingy.. thanks again for the info and the support.. Oh have you tried to conceive yet? how sore were you afterward? did they make you stay overnight in the hospital? they are saying that I have to stay over night but I may check myself out. I heard in Chapel Hill NC. Dr. Berger does them outpatient and they can go home immediately once they recover from the anethesia. how long did it take to heal? sorry for all the questions, i'm just really excited, lol..I had my tubes tied at age 27 and just turned 36 last month, my new hubby hasn't had kids so we are really excited..I haven't really had any challenges with this whole process, it almost was TOO easy. My BMI was 24.1, all my labs are perfect and my op report was optimistic from the TL that I had, the entire process from start to finish will have only taken us 3 months, so we are just sailing right along. Thanks again...
Hey I just got it done at walter reed. Here is what to expect. they told me to be there at 8 am. they get u dressed and leave you setting in a room full of other people getting random surgeries and make you wait. or they did me anyways. four hours until i even went and got the iv put in. I was out of surgery by 5pm. They made me recover in a half ass recliner. it was a bad experience in that sense but well worth it hopefully in the long run. Dr. Henney did my surgery along with several others. I had a lapaoscopy done ahead of time and the doc told me i was a perfect candidate. After the surgery they broke the news to me that they only were able to reconnect one tube. I had some breathing problems and was mega dehydrated so I didnt get to leave the hospital til like 9pm but its usually within an hour.
tarahill, I am sorry that you had such a lousy experience, They told me that I would be staying overnight, I hope it's not in one of their "recliners". I'm not looking forward to all the waiting either, I half expected that. I'm sorry that they could only save one tube, what instances does that happen? do they say why? The people there so far have been very easy to deal with and sound like the surgery is going to be a good experience, I'm so sorry that yours wasn't and I hope for the best for you, I have read on other threads that women with 1 tube have good chances of conceiving too. Hope you're feeling better soon and look forward to your response...
Miss Logan told me I had to stay overnight and I switched my flight and everything and she was wrong. The doctors all told me in pre op that I didnt have to stay so I dont think you will either unless you have some problems. they said one of my tubes wasnt long enough the left one. She was certain I wouldnt even notice and I would get pregnant regardless. We will see. Im supposed to ovulate this weekend. The people were nice I guess I expected too much. Its definately not your run of the mill hospital.
oh ok, yeah Ms. Logan is who I talked to as well and she is the one who told me that. I'm sorry to ask so many questions, I guess atleast I can set my expectations though. We are only a few hours away so we will be driving, I plan on staying in a hotel while i'm there. I have my surgery on Friday August 29th and was planning to drive back on Saturday, based on your experience do you think it might be too painful to ride in a car 4 or 5 hours the day after surgery? What kind of TL did you have? thanks again for your responses it really helps ease my anxiety about the entire thing...
i had wanted to jump back in a plane and fly the 9 hours home from Madigan when i had my surgery done. I was glad that i waited. My surgery was on a Thursday and i flew back on a Monday and wished that i would have waited. Mine was supposed to be laproscopic however, when they went in, they found they needed to open up my abdomen like a c-section. I was not prepared for that. The pain was out of this world. I hurt so bad that even with the pain medication i felt every move i made. I couldn't imagine riding in a car for 4-5 hours after my surgery and believe me, i wanted to ride for the 2-3 hours that it would have taken for me to go and see my grandkids. I just couldn't. Just a suggestion, Having worked in the hospitality industry for awhile, book your hotel room for the entire weekend. If you feel like you will be able to drive the hours back home, most hotels don't mind an "early checkout". It is better to overbook and if you leave early they gained a room, however, if you don't, they may not have the ability to let you stay another night and then you would be faced with having to change hotels.