Tubal ligation, otherwise commonly known as “getting your tubes tied,” is a procedure that closes a woman’s fallopian tubes by a variety of methods to prevent pregnancy. They can be tied, blocked or cut. Sometimes tubes are clamped and blocked, or they are severed and sealed back up. This process keeps a woman’s eggs from reaching the uterus where they are fertilized.
Dr. Ghozland provides two methods — both equally effective but left up to each patient’s preference —to close a woman’ fallopian tubes.
How is a tubal ligation completed?
Dr. Ghozland will either cut and burn or insert tubal implants into a woman’s fallopian tubes. With the former method, a laparoscopic camera is used to inspect each fallopian tube. The middle region of a fallopian tube is located, and a 3-centimeter section is burned and sutured. This ensures that the tube will no longer be able to function. This process does involve some minor abdominal incisions in the lower quadrant area.
This is a 15-minute outpatient procedure that requires very little downtime and almost no recovery. Sexual intercourse without additional protection can be resumed in three to four weeks.
What should I expect after tubal ligation?
Dr. Ghozland’s tubal ligation patients return home shortly after the procedure. However, patients should expect the following post-procedure:
- Minor bleeding due to movement of the uterus during the procedure
- Swollen stomach (if laparoscopy performed) due to gas that was used during the procedure to separate organs from muscle
- Most women can return to normal activities the same day that their tubal implants are inserted
- Patients should avoid rubbing or pulling on the laparoscopy incision for a week.
Patients should contact Dr. Ghozland if any of the following are experienced: nausea, breast tenderness, missed menstrual period, pain in the lower abdomen or faintness/dizziness.
Are there any risks?
Tubal ligation patients may experience any of the following symptoms following the procedure:
- Wound infection or separation
- Heavy blood loss
- Complications from anesthesia
Potential tubal ligation patients should remember than normal menstrual cycles will occur each month. Patients also will go through menopause at the expected time. Sexual desire will not be affected, though patients may experience more enjoyment now that pregnancy isn’t a concern. Patients should remember that this is a procedure to do only when patients are sure they done having children.
Tubal ligation is a highly successful procedure to prevent pregnancy. To learn more about Dr. Ghozland’s techniques or to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure, call (310) 393-9359.