Tubal-Ligation

Tubal Ligation Effectively Performed at Nyle Hospital

Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure done for blocking the fallopian tubes of a woman. It is the permanent means of birth control method. Once the procedure is done, eggs released by the ovaries cannot move through the fallopian tubes and finally reach the uterus. Additionally, sperms cannot travel and reach the matured eggs in the tube, thus leading to the prevention of pregnancy. Tube ligation procedure is otherwise termed as womans tubes tied or medically, it is indicated as bilateral tubal ligation (BTL).

During the procedure of tubal ligation, both sides of the fallopian tubes are cut or blocked. This procedure is generally carried out in an outpatient gynaecologic clinic or in the hospital. Most of the time, woman will be sent from the hospital on the same day after surgery. This surgery can be performed under the influence of general anaesthesia, or spinal or local anaesthesia (the patient remains awake throughout the process but doesnt feel the pain).

After surgical tubal ligation, woman can still get her regular periods as well as enjoy sex as usual without any discomfort. In fact, they feel more relieved and stress free to have vigorous intercourse after tubal ligation as they are free from the problem of unwanted pregnancy.

One can opt for tubal ligation, if she decides to put an end to the thoughts of becoming pregnant in future. Although this procedure can be reversed, woman must be aware of the consequences associated with the reverse operation. In addition, tubal ligation cannot avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs); hence woman must seek safe method of intercourse to avoid vaginal infections.

What happens in the procedure?

  • One small incision or sometimes more are made close to the belly button. If required, one more incision is done in the lower abdominal area.
  • Gas is injected into the belly for inflation so as to provide better view for the surgeon and allow for comfortable working.
  • A laparoscopic tube comprising a light and camera is inserted through the incision made in the abdomen.
  • The surgeon will insert long and thin instrument either through laparoscope or another small cut for locating and grabbing the fallopian tubes.
  • The fallopian tubes are “ligated” by certain combinations of actions such as cutting the tube, tying the cut ends, clamping and banding the tubes, or by sealing the tubes using electric current.
  • Once the surgery is over, incisions made on the skin are closed, possibly by making 1 or 2 stitches and covering with dressings.

Advantages of Tubal Ligation

  • It serves as a permanent birth control method
  • Not messy
  • Immediate results
  • Allows spontaneous sex
  • Does not require constant attention
  • Cost-effective

Disadvantages of Tubal Ligation

  • No protection against STDs, such as HIV/AIDS
  • Done by surgery and hence involves surgery related risks
  • More complicated when compared to male sterilization
  • Difficult to reverse
  • Chances to regret