Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation*, commonly referred to as "having your tubes tied", is a surgical procedure performed to prevent pregnancy. Performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, a tubal ligation prevents the egg from transporting to the uterus and blocks the fallopian tube so sperm cannot transport to the egg. With only two small incisions made in the abdomen and at the hairline, a small instrument is used to obstruct the tubes.

Please do not drink or eat anything after midnight prior to the surgery. Plan on having someone drive you home following the procedure.

Generally, patients will feel sore and tired following the surgery. Pain medication will be prescribed to help alleviate discomfort. As a result of the gas used by the laparoscope, patients will experience shoulder pain for several days following surgery. Showers are acceptable, but baths should be avoided for one week. A follow-up appointment will also be scheduled for one week following the surgery.

*This procedure is done at an outside facility.