Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation Questions and Answers
At Dr. Richard Beyerlein, MD, in Eugene, OR, our obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) has abundant experience and expertise in performing laparoscopic tubal ligations to patients seeking permanent contraceptive solutions. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online.
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If you have ever heard of a procedure to have someone’s tubes tied, that procedure is known medically as a laparoscopic tubal ligation. This procedure is a permanent and highly effective contraceptive solution. As such, if having children is no longer part of your future plans, a laparoscopic tubal ligation is one of the most effective ways of ensuring you do not become pregnant in the future. If you think a laparoscopic tubal ligation would be a positive treatment for you, we would love to see you for a consultation.
Laparoscopic tubal ligation is a permanent form of birth control that involves cutting, blocking, or tying the fallopian tubes to prevent the egg from attaching itself to the sperm.
This treatment is a surgical procedure performed with general, regional, or local anesthesia. However, before a laparoscopic tubal ligation procedure is performed, your doctor may suggest a pregnancy test to ensure that you are not pregnant.
During a laparoscopic tubal ligation procedure, the surgeon will make two small incisions into the abdomen—one in or directly below the belly button and the other lower down on the abdomen. The abdomen is then inflated with either carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide to avoid wounding or injuring the abdominal wall or organs in the treatment area.
After the abdomen is inflated, the surgeon will insert the laparoscope into the abdomen through the incision. A laparoscope is a thin, lighted tube that has a miniscule camera attached. The laparoscope is inserted to provide the surgeon with a clear visual of the fallopian tubes and treatment area so that the procedure can be safely performed without open surgery.
Once the laparoscope is in place, the surgeon will insert specialized tools into the other incision to perform the tubal ligation.
After the procedure, the patient will be removed to a recovery area where they will remain for one to four hours under the careful supervision of a registered nurse for observation. Once the recovery time has ended, the patient will be free to return home, albeit with the help of a friend or family member who can drive them home.
Since laparoscopic tubal ligation is a surgical procedure, there will be necessary recovery time before the patient can return to work or regular activity. As such, you will likely experience pain in and around the abdomen for several days after a laparoscopic tubal ligation, as well as shoulder or back pain due to the gas used to inflate the abdomen during surgery. After the surgery, it is important that you refrain from lifting heavy objects for one week. With that in mind, you will need to take between two to seven days off work, depending on your occupation.
While it is possible that you could become pregnant after a laparoscopic tubal ligation, it is highly unlikely, as tubal ligation is a highly effective procedure for the vast majority of cases. It is estimated that one out of every 200 women become pregnant after laparoscopic tubal ligation. As such, laparoscopic tubal ligations are successful at preventing pregnancies 99.5% of the time.
If you would like more information about laparoscopic tubal ligations or want to schedule an appointment with us at Dr. Richard Beyerlein, MD, please feel welcome to call us or book an appointment on our website. You can find our clinic at 911 Country Club Rd. Suite 222, in Eugene, Oregon.
We serve patients from Eugene OR, Springfield OR, Coburg OR, Creswell OR, Cottage Grove OR, Lowell OR, and Junction City, OR.
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