Tubal Ligation

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Tubal Ligation

Also known as operative occlusion of the fallopian tubes or laparoscopic sterilisation is a procedure (done in females) to prevent pregnancy permanently. This procedure is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

 During tubal ligation surgery, the fallopian tubes are blocked or sealed to prevent the eggs from reaching the sperm and becoming fertilised. 

What does the procedure involve?

It is done via laparoscopic procedure, which involves inserting a laparoscope (similar to a telescope) through the abdominal wall whilst you are under a general anaesthetic. This cut will be near your tummy button and around 1cm long. Gas is filled into the abdomen to allow a better view of your pelvic organs. Through 1-2 other small cuts on the lower abdomen, clips are permanently placed on your fallopian tubes. Once this is done, the gas is released, and the cuts made are closed with dissolvable stitches. 

 The operation usually takes around half an hour for the surgeon to perform. You should be able to go home on the same day.

As with any surgery, there’s a small risk of complications, such as internal bleeding, infection or damage to other organs.

Laparoscopic sterilisation (tubal ligation) provides permanent, irreversible sterilisation that usually allows you to go home on the same day of your operation.