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Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation Risks -- Bladder and Urinary Tract Damage

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Presentation: Laparoscopic Bilateral Tubal Ligation (BTL)
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The ureters are the urine tubes from the kidney to the bladder. Bladder and ureter injuries are rare, occurring only 3 to 5 times per 1000 cases. These include perforation and thermal injuries. In most cases, these injuries are treated with the placement of a plastic tube called a catheter into the bladder for 7 to 10 days along with antibiotics. Rarely, these injuries require switching to an open operation, placing thin tubes, called stents, into the tubes leading away from the bladder, called ureters, by a urologist or a repeat laparoscopy at a future time. Sometimes, an injury may not appear at the time of the operation, but may show up later. This may require another surgery to repair the damage.

Laparoscopic Bilateral Tubal Ligation (BTL)


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