Tubal Ligation

What is Tubal Ligation?

Tubal ligation is a permanent female sterilization procedure wherein the fallopian tubes are cut, tied, and blocked to prevent pregnancies. Tying up the fallopian tubes prevents the eggs from traveling from the ovaries, and it blocks the sperms’ passage, thereby eliminating all scope of the sperm and egg meeting. Tubal ligation doesn’t affect your menstrual cycle. Tubal ligation is a permanent procedure — attempts at reversal involve major surgeries with a minimal chance of success.

You’re a Candidate for Tubal Ligation if You…

  • Are sure you don’t want to get pregnant now or in the future.
  • Want to stop relying on birth control.
  • Understand that the procedure doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections.
  • Have considered all your sterilization or birth control options, including long-acting reversible contraceptives.

Dr. Bonni’s Tubal Ligation Procedure

Dr. Bonni can perform the tubal ligation after vaginal birth using a small incision under the belly button, during a c-section, or as an independent outpatient procedure using a laparoscope.

During the surgery, Dr. Bonni will insert a needle or make a small incision to deliver carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide into your abdomen. A small tube-like device called a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen via a small incision. Another incision is used to insert the surgical tools necessary for the procedure.

Dr. Bonni seals the fallopian tubes by blocking parts of the tubes using clips or plastic rings.

If the tubal ligation is performed after childbirth, the surgeon makes a small incision under the belly button for easy access to the fallopian tubes. If the tubal ligation is performed during a c-section, the surgeon uses the same incision as the one used for delivery. In both cases, the surgeon destroys parts of the fallopian tubes and seals the other parts using clips or plastic rings.

Recovering from Your Tubal Ligation

You might experience abdominal pains, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, bloating, shoulder pains, and gassiness after the surgery. The following are some of your recovery guidelines:

  • Take all the prescribed pain medications and antibiotics to control pain and prevent infections.
  • Avoid bathing for at least 48 hours.
  • Don’t strain or rub the incision.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and sexual intercourse for a few weeks.
  • Inform the surgeon if you experience severe bleeding, pus discharge, or a fever.

Risks of Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation is a surgery that involves incisions in the abdomen and anesthesia usage. As such, it carries a few inherent risks of complications:

  • Bowel damage
  • Bladder damage
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Improper wound healing
  • Infections
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unwanted pregnancy due to a failed procedure

It’s worth noting that the aforementioned risks rarely occur, i.e., the risk is negligible. However, the risk of complications is higher if you have had pelvic surgeries previously, are obese, or have diabetes. Dr. Aram Bonni takes all necessary precautions to ensure you don’t experience any unnecessary side effects or complications.

Why Choose Dr. Bonni?

Dr. Bonni is double board-certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics and gynecology. He specializes in minimally invasive reconstructive surgeries that provide the desired results without harsh side effects or long-term complications. For more information, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonni to discuss your tubal ligation options.