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Description of Postpartum Bitubal Ligation

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Presentation: Postpartum Tubal Ligation
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Reviewed By: Authors for this presentation included: John Gorsline, MD; Tom Arnett, MD; Seth Katz, MD; Michal Whiton, MD; and Art Schoenstadt, MD.
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After your anesthesia takes effect, to help reduce the chance of infection, the surgical area will be washed with a special disinfectant solution, and you will be covered with sterile sheets.
Your doctor will begin by making a small incision, or cut, in or below your navel. Your doctor will then place a finger into your abdomen and locate the first fallopian tube. The tube will then be gently pulled out through the incision.
Absorbable threadlike material will be tied around the tube, creating a small loop. A part of the loop will then be removed. The tube is then returned to the abdomen. The process is repeated on your other fallopian tube. This threadlike tie will dissolve on its own, and the two ends of the cut tube will separate and remain closed.
After both tubes have been tied off and cut, your doctor will then stitch the incision in your navel closed and a sterile bandage will be applied. These stitches will be dissolved by your body over time. The procedure itself lasts between 15 and 45 minutes.

Postpartum Tubal Ligation


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