Permanent Sterilization (Incision Methods)
Permanent sterilization is possible through aminimally invasive surgical technique known as tubal ligation. This surgery ties the fallopian tubes effectively preventing sperm from ever fertilizing eggs. Additionally, eggs are prevented from being transported to the uterus. Tubal ligation is the most common form of contraception in America (nearly 700,000 undergo the procedure every year).
What to Expect
During an incision sterilization surgery, the patient is given a local, regional, or general anesthesia. Next, the abdomen in injected with carbon dioxide to inflate the surgery area so that the surgeon has an improved vantage point. A small incision is made near the naval where a laparoscope is inserted to help locate the fallopian tubes. The laparoscope also serves as the guide for tools used to tie the tubes. In some cases, the surgeon may need to make another incision to insert additional instruments to seal off each fallopian tube. Otherwise, the doctor can use the original incision point for the entire procedure. Some patients undergo this procedure directly after childbirth (usually after a cesarean section).
Post-surgery complications are minimal and scarring is extremely small. Patients usually are released the same day of the procedure. In general, recovery from sterilization is dependent on the health of the patient. La Palmas runs a multitude of test before operations to match the best type of sterilization procedure for each patient. Your OB/GYN will assess your health and discuss any risks that you have. Furthermore, we understand that sterilization is a major decision. We recommend that every patient make sure that they have no doubts about going through with the procedure. It is best to speak with your loved ones abut such a decision beforehand. Regardless of your situation, Las Palmas will work hard to provide a safe procedure while respecting your privacy.