A tubal ligation is a sterilization procedure that is used to close the Fallopian tubes, which connect the uterus to the ovaries. After this surgery, a woman can no longer get pregnant. It is considered a permanent form of birth control.
Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Kerendian might recommend sterilization to women who are done having children or who do not want children. Candidates for a tubal ligation include those who:
• Do not want to get pregnant in the future
• Are finished having children
• Have a family history of ovarian cancer or are at a high risk of developing the disease and want to decrease their risk
This is a permanent form of birth control and is not reversible.
A tubal ligation might be performed using local anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, or general anesthesia depending on your needs. It is typically completed in about thirty minutes when it is performed laparoscopically. Small incisions are made in the torso, and a laparoscope, a small tube with a camera, is inserted into an incision. Small tools will then be used to cut and cauterize or clamp the Fallopian tubes. In some cases, coils can be inserted into the tubes to block them. It can also be performed immediately after childbirth or during a cesarean section.
Because this is usually an outpatient procedure, you should be able to go home the day you have it. However, you will need a ride home. You might experience some tenderness or discomfort. Dr. Kerendian will explain the best medication to take to relieve the discomfort. Most women recover without complication and will not need additional tests to ensure they are sterile. Your periods will return to normal, but you will no longer need to use hormonal birth control to prevent pregnancy.
Tubals are highly reliable forms of birth control and have been shown to decrease the risk of ovarian cancer. Call Dr. Kerendian today to find out more about tubal ligations and other sterilization procedures or to schedule an appointment with his office in the Los Angeles area.