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A tubal ligation is considered a permanent method of
birth control. The fallopian tubes are cut or blocked,
which prevents pregnancy by blocking the egg's path to the sperm and uterus.
Laparoscopy makes it possible to see and do the
surgery through small incisions in the abdomen.
laparoscopic tubal ligation, the surgeon makes two
small cuts (incisions)-one in or just below the belly button (navel) and one lower on your abdomen. The abdominal cavity, where the reproductive
organs are, is inflated with air or a harmless gas so that the surgeon can see
and avoid injuring abdominal organs or the inside of the abdomen.
The surgeon inserts a thin, lighted viewing tube (laparoscope) through
the incision. The laparoscope has a lens that magnifies what the surgeon is
viewing. The instrument that the surgeon uses to cut (ligate) the tubes may be
inserted alongside the laparoscope or through the incision just above the pubic
hair. The surgeon looks through the laparoscope while moving this instrument to
get the tubes cut in the correct location.
ligation leaves small scars. Laparoscopy is the preferred method of surgery for
The hospital or surgery center may send you instructions on
how to get ready for your surgery, or a nurse may call you with instructions
before your surgery.
Right after surgery, you will be taken to a
recovery area where nurses will care for and observe you. In most cases you will stay
in the recovery area for 1 to 4 hours, and then you will go home. In addition
to any special instructions from your doctor, your nurse will explain
information to help you in your recovery. You will likely go home with a sheet
of care instructions and who to contact if a problem arises.
A mini-laparotomy procedure ("mini-lap") involves
a smaller incision [usually less than
2 in. (5 cm) long] than a
regular laparotomy. The incision may be made just at or above the pubic
fallopian tubes are pulled up into or out of the
incision, tied off, and then put back into place.
is favored for women who have had prior abdominal or pelvic surgery or who have
heart or respiratory diseases.
A mini-lap may not be appropriate
for women who are very overweight or who have a history of disease affecting
the fallopian tubes, such as
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofApril 20, 2017
Current as of:
April 20, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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