If you do not want ever to become pregnant and you do not want to use birth control devices or pills, a tubal ligation or tubal implants can provide a viable solution. While these procedures are often referred to as having your tubes tied, your tubes may be surgically sealed shut. If you have had previous surgical procedures that left scar tissue in the area need for a tubal ligation, having your tubes blocked with tubal implants is an alternative process. Your Glendora General Surgeon will review your medical history and recommend the best method for you.
Tubal Ligation Operations
- Laparoscopic: For this operation, the surgeon will make two small cuts in the abdomen. Special medical instruments are inserted that will enable the surgeon to clearly view the fallopian tubes. The tubes will be closed off by both clipping them and then sewing them or by cauterizing (burning) them apart. The surgery generally requires 30 minutes to complete. The incisions will be closed with stitches that will be removed later or will dissolve by themselves.
- Open: This operation is called a laparotomy, and it is performed in the same manner as the laparoscopic surgery, but there will only be one slightly larger cut made into the abdomen.
Tubal Implant Operation
Because there are no surgical cuts made for this operation, there will be no scarring. The cervix is dilated to avoid any cervical injury. Then the surgeon will implant a thin tube into each fallopian tube by going through the vagina, the cervix, and the uterus to reach the fallopian tubes. The procedure generally requires 10 minutes to complete.