Women who do not want to have children have a number of birth control options available to them, including several that are permanent. Tubal ligation is a surgery that blocks a woman’s Fallopian tubes. It keeps the egg from moving through the ovary into the uterus, thus preventing pregnancy. It is a permanent procedure that cannot be reversed. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX has helped countless patients understand their birth control options. Here he explains the difference between surgical and non-surgical procedure:
Surgical tubal ligation
A surgical tubal ligation requires making small incisions into the abdomen and inserting a laparoscope. Instruments are inserted through the laparoscope and the Fallopian tubes are coagulated, cauterized, or have small clips placed on each tube. Patients can return to normal activities within a few days. This procedure can be performed immediately following childbirth or during a Cesarean section.
Non-surgical tubal ligation
A new procedure has been developed that blocks the Fallopian tubes without the need for incisions or general anesthesia. The physician inserts an obstructive device into each of the fallopian tubes using a hysteroscope, which is inserted through the vagina, into the uterus, and then into the Fallopian tube. The procedure works by sparking the development of scar tissue over the implant, which blocks the tube and prevents pregnancy.
Tubal ligation is a safe procedure with less than 1 percent experiencing complications. However, with both procedures, and with any surgery, there are risks including side effects from anesthesia, bleeding, infection, or organ damage. Additionally, there is a very small chance that a woman who has the procedure will become pregnant. In these cases, there is an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, which can be very dangerous.
Call Dr. Jenkins today at 1-855-346-8610 for more information.
Back to Permanent Sterilization Home Page