Tube Ligation )
sterilization surgery - female; tubal sterilization
Surgery to "tie the tubes" (Fallopian tubes) of a woman
which causes permanent sterility by preventing transport
of the egg (ovum) to the uterus.
Tubal ligation is done in the hospital while the patient
is deep asleep and pain-free (using general anesthesia).
A small incision is made in the abdomen and a small telescope
(laparoscope) is inserted. The tubes (Fallopian tubes) are
tied off and cut apart. The skin incision is stitched closed.
The patient is able to return home within a few hours after
Tubal ligation can be performed immediately after childbirth.
Tubal ligation may be recommended for adult women who are
certain that they wish to prevent future pregnancies (permanent
sterilization). Tubal ligation is not recommended as a temporary
or reversible procedure.
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