Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

Preparing for Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

Laparoscopic tubal ligation is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you go home the day of your procedure. For your particular situation, you will be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your laparoscopy, and what to expect the day of and the days following your surgery.

Anesthesia for Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain felt during a laparoscopy. For a laparoscopic tubal ligation, the two most common types of anesthesia are spinal and general anesthesia. You will be given one of the two types.

What Happens During a Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation?

As part of a laparoscopic tubal ligation, a small incision, or cut, will be made in or just below your navel (belly button). A tube, called a trocar, will then be inserted into your abdomen. The laparoscope will then be inserted. Through this, your doctor will view the inside of your abdomen on a video screen. The laparoscope can also take pictures and videotape the procedure.
Your doctor will then begin the process of locating your first fallopian tube. After this is located, another incision may be made just above your pubic hair. Through this second incision, your doctor will insert the appropriate instruments to block your tubes. Several options are available to do this.
(Click Tubal Ligation Procedure for more information on the procedure itself.)

Recovering From Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

When you leave the hospital after the laparoscopic tubal ligation, you will be given instructions for taking care of your body after the surgery and specific instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any further restrictions necessary. Be sure to ask questions or have the instructions repeated if they don't make sense.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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