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tubal ligation

Tubal ligation is commonly known as “getting your tubes ties”.  It is a form of female sterilization technique. The procedure closes the fallopian tubes and stops the egg from traveling to the uterus from the ovary.  It also prevents sperm from reaching the fallopian tubes to fertilize an egg.


The fallopian tubes are cut, burned, or blocked with rings, bands, or clips.  The surgery is approximately 99% effective as birth control, and does not protect against sexually transmitted disease. 


Types include:


Laparoscopy - the abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide gas so that the abdominal wall balloons away from the uterus and tubes.  A small incision is made in the abdomen just below the navel and a laparoscope is inserted. Another small cut is made just above the pubic hairline to allow the entrance of the instrument that will cut, sew or burn the tubes.  Using instruments that are inserted through these incisions, the fallopian tubes are burned or sealed shut with a small clip placed on the tube. The patient is able to return home a few hours after the procedure. Tubal ligation can be performed immediately after childbirth through a small incision near the navel or during a cesarean section.

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