Post Partum Tubal Ligation Procedure
Post partum tubal ligation refers to tubal ligation that occurs after vaginal delivery or cesarean section (C-section).
When performed after a C-section, the procedure is carried out through the same abdominal incision used for the delivery, so no additional incision is necessary. Following vaginal delivery, the procedure is often done within a few hours or days before the uterus returns to its normal size and position. A small incision is made underneath the belly button using local, regional or general anesthesia.
During the post partum tubal ligation procedure, the fallopian tubes are cut or permanently sealed and the incision is closed.
Why Choose Post Partum Tubal Ligation
Tubal ligation is a popular birth control method. It offers a permanent birth control solution, and when performed following childbirth, does not require additional time in the hospital.
The procedure is considered safe, but when complications do occur, they include bleeding, infection and those related to general anesthesia.
The side effects patients experience following post partum tubal ligation depends mostly on the type of anesthesia used. Possible anesthesia side effects include:
- Shoulder pain
- Abdominal pain
- Sore throat from the breathing tube in patients who were given general anesthesia
Not every woman is a candidate for post partum tubal ligation. Physical conditions such as weight or health issues could play a role in determining the best birth control method. Talk with your gynecologist about the best birth control method for you.