Hi, I'm glad I stumbled upon this. I had my TL reversed just over 2 years ago and my 4 month old is sound asleep in the other room as I type :). First thing first, I have never came across a TR scam, there are doctors out there that do nothing but TR surgeries every day and many are affordable and have excellent success rates. Dr. Levin in louisville, KY, is around 6200, for everything and I have heard great things about him. Another doctor that I have heard personal accounts about is Dr Pierre Asmar in Annandale Va, His cost is 6900. I would gather from your post that Mexico is not high on your list of places to go, but Perez is basically the all time number 1, when it comes to this procedure (costs around 3000). Dr. Lisa Rogers in Jackson TN, which is where I had mine done, is wonderful, I loved her, I spent about 4500, with travel and such, but I know a woman that flew from New Mexico and only paid 5500 in total. In the LA area, I have heard good things about Drs. Winkler and Kalan total cost $5900. There is also Dr. Berger, they run discounts every now and again, and I've heard good things about a doctor in FL, although I forget his name, but he's another doc that basically does nothing but TR.
Hopefully some of that info can help you. When I looked locally (i'm in ohio) everyone quoted me about 10,000. Now obviously with most of the prices I mentioned you can travel and get it done and not pay nearly that amount, so that is what we decided to do. IMO a TR is less risky than IVF because unless there is some underlying fertility issue the chances are you will naturally conceive and be able to do so until you no longer want more children. I don't know of anyone who can afford to do IVF month after month.