Permanent Methods

Understanding Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

September 28, 2018

A laparoscopic tubal ligation, also known as laparoscopic sterilization, is among the two most common techniques of tubal ligation (another frequent permanent birth control procedure is really a mini-laparotomy).

During the Procedure

Typically, you will be given general anesthesia. Your surgeon will create a small incision, about half an inch long, in or below the belly button.

A harmless carbon dioxide gas is injected into your abdomen. This increases the abdominal wall from your pelvic organs, which means that your surgeon can get an unobstructed view–and room to operate. After that, a laparoscope (a tiny, thin, telescope-like tool using a light) is inserted through the incision to observe the tubes.

Your surgeon will then inserts a smaller device used to move, maintain, and close off the fallopian tubes. This device could be inserted either through the laparoscope or via another, tiny cut created just above the pubic hairline. The surgeon closes the fallopian tubes by using rings, clamps, clips, or by sealing them shut with an electric current (electrocautery). The laparoscope is taken out, and your surgeon will then stitch the incision(s) closed.

The process takes approximately 30 minutes. There’s quite minimal scarring since the incision(s) are small. The incisions also help reduce recovery time following surgery and lower the risk of complications.

In most cases, you’ll have the ability to leave the surgery facility within four hours following a laparoscopic tubal ligation.


Following your procedure, you will probably be set in a recovery area so that the surgeon may detect you for any possible complications. You are going to get recovery directions when you’re released.

Most women can go back to work or resume their normal activities about three times after the laparoscopic tubal ligation. You may also be informed:

  • It is possible to shower/bathe anytime after the process.
  • You may eliminate any anesthetic daily after your laparoscopic tubal ligation.
  • In case you have steri-strips (bandages that look like tape), you can get rid of these two to 3 times following the process.
  • You should not drink alcohol or drive at least 24 hours later.
  • You can begin to have sex one week following the process.
  • You might have vaginal bleeding for a few days following the procedure.
  • It may take four to six months following your procedure for your time to return. As it does, you may have heavier bleeding and much more discomfort than normal for your first two to three menstrual cycles.

Associated Discomforts

After having this particular guard, you may be in some pain. Your physician should let you know what drugs you can take if you’re feeling pain. In addition:

  • The gas that was injected into your abdomen may cause discomfort in your neck, chest, shoulders, and torso. This will last for 24 to 72 hours following the procedure. A hot shower, a heating pad, or walking can help relieve a number of this distress.
  • Your stomach may be swollen for many days following your procedure.
  • You might have some mild nausea. Should this happen, some toast, crackers, soup, soup, tea, gelatin, or crackers can help give you some relief.
  • You might also have a sore throat for a couple of days.