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Recovering From Postpartum Tubal Ligation

After the postpartum tubal ligation you will be moved to a recovery room where you will be monitored closely as you recover from the anesthesia. You will be kept here until your healthcare providers feel that you are recovering well, usually one to two hours. Following your stay in the recovery room, you will be returned to your regular hospital room. Here your family and friends will be able to visit with you at the scheduled visiting times. You will also resume the normal care of your baby.

Expected Results of Postpartum Tubal Ligation

Following your postpartum tubal ligation, it is reasonable to expect that you will be unable to get pregnant. Recent studies show that tubal ligation fails to prevent pregnancy in only about 3 to 5 out of 1,000 cases.

Risks of Postpartum Tubal Ligation

No procedure is ever completely free of risks. However, postpartum tubal ligation has been performed for many years with successful results and limited complications. If problems do occur, they may include (but are not limited to):
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Blood clots
  • Blood vessel injury
  • Reactions to medication or anesthesia
  • Other rare and unlikely events.
Fortunately, major complications from postpartum tubal ligation occur in less than 1 out of 1,000 procedures. Loss of life occurs in less than 2 out of 100,000 procedures.
(Click Tubal Ligation Risks for more information.)
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