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The recovery time for tubal ligation begins in the recovery room, where you will be closely monitored as your anesthesia wears off. You may experience symptoms such as pain, nausea, and (if spinal anesthesia was used) temporary numbness in your legs. Tell your healthcare providers if something feels abnormal or "not right," so that they can help to make your recovery safe and comfortable.
Beginning Your Postpartum Tubal Ligation RecoveryAfter a 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 there until your healthcare providers feel that you are recovering well, usually one to two hours.
Sometimes during recovery, patients may shiver or experience nausea. Both of these symptoms can be related to anesthesia. Your healthcare providers can give you medication to help with these symptoms. Warm blankets are also available to comfort you.
Following the procedure, it is common to feel some pain in your abdomen. You may also feel bloated. Pain medicine can be given, should you feel any discomfort.
If spinal anesthesia was used for your postpartum tubal ligation, your legs may still feel numb, and you may not be able to move them for several hours. While you are in the recovery room, you will not be able to walk to the bathroom, so you will need to use a bedpan. Your healthcare provider can help you with this, if necessary. The feeling in your abdomen and legs will slowly return.
Remember that your healthcare providers want you to recover without any problems, so be sure to report anything that feels abnormal or "not right."
Recovery Time in the HospitalFollowing 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.
You will remain in the hospital for your regular postpartum care. However, it is possible that your stay may be longer, depending on the outcome of the surgery and your ability to recover. Your healthcare providers will regularly update you and your family regarding your recovery.