Tubal Ligation Procedure

The Next Step -- Tying the Tubes

Your doctor will then begin by 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.
One choice is to use electric current. For this, your doctor will insert forceps, which are connected to an electrical source. When the tube is grasped, the electrical current gives a small burn to the tube, which safely and painlessly scars it, sealing it off. The procedure is then repeated on the other tube.
Your doctor can also use a clip or a rubber band-like device to close each tube. All of these methods are effective in blocking the fallopian tube and preventing pregnancy.

Finishing the Tubal Ligation Procedure

Once both tubes have been closed, the instruments are removed and the gas is released. To finish the tubal ligation procedure, the incisions are then closed with stitches and covered with a bandage. These stitches will be absorbed by your body over time, usually about two to four weeks.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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