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TUBAL LIGATION (surgical sterilization)

Abortion Clinic RU486 What is "Tubal Ligation"?
Abortion Clinic RU486 How does tubal ligation work?
Abortion Clinic RU486 How effective is tubal ligation?
Abortion Clinic RU486 Am I a good candidate for tubal ligation?
Abortion Clinic RU486 Are there any reasons why I shouldn't have a tubal ligation?
Abortion Clinic RU486 What are the risks of tubal ligation?
Abortion Clinic RU486 What are the benefits of tubal ligation?
Abortion Clinic RU486 What should I expect on the day of my laparoscopic tubal ligation? 
Abortion Clinic RU486 What should I expect after the surgery?
Abortion Clinic RU486 Are there any warning signs I should look out for after the surgery?
What are the risks of tubal ligation?
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operative complications


Laparoscopic sterilization rarely has any major complications. Serious complications, such as infections, bowel injuries, bleeding, burns, or complications from anesthesia, occur in about 1 in every 1,000 women who have the operation.

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sterilization failure

  Pregnancy can occur after surgical sterilization, but the risk is very low. Less than 1% of women who have the procedure will ever become pregnant.
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  Those women who do get pregnant after sterilization are more likely to have a tubal pregnancy.
* The final decision is between you and your doctor.
What are the benefits of tubal ligation?
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What should I expect on the day of my laparoscopic tubal ligation?

The operation takes place in an outpatient surgical suite. Consent for the surgical procedure will be obtained by your doctor. When you sign this you are stating that you understand the risks and benefits of the operation itself, understand that the procedure is NOT 100% effective for birth control, and that you are aware of appropriate alternatives.

An intravenous line will be started to give you fluids during the operation. General anesthesia is necessary for the laparoscopic procedure, so you will be asleep during the operation. After anesthesia is given, a small incision about half an inch long is made in the skin just below the navel. Carbon dioxide is used to swell the abdomen so the pelvic reproductive organs can be seen more clearly. The laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen through the incision. This instrument has a bright light and lens like a tifl telescope that allows the surgeon to see into the abdomen. A second instrument is inserted either through the laparoscope or through a small second incision made near the pubic hairline. The fallopian tubes are grasped and sealed by using bands, clips, or electrocoagulation (electricity). With electrocoagulation, an electric current is used to burn and block the tubes. After the procedure, the instruments are removed and the gas is released. The incisions are then closed. You will be observed for a short time to be sure that everything is all right. Most women are ready to go home 2-4 hours after the procedure.

What should I expect after the surgery?

You may feel some discomfort or have other symptoms that last for a few days.

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The incision should be treated as an ordinary skin cut and kept dry for a few days to promote good healing. A bruise around the incision, if present, will soon fade away. If the incision appears infected or if the tenderness lasts longer than a few days, your doctor should check to make sure there is no infection. After the incision has healed, a slight scar will remain. A postoperative check-up will be scheduled for two weeks after the operation.

Are there any warning signs I should look out for after the surgery?

Call your doctor if you have any of the following problems:

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Abortion Clinic RU486 if you should ever get pregnant, you must be seen immediately (there is a greater chance it may be an ectopic pregnancy)
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