Tubal ligation also known as ” getting your tubes tide” is a surgical sterilization procedure for woman. Some patients have struggled with various birth control methods, and after they’ve had all the children they want, they look for a more permanent birth control or sterilization. Female sterilization is a procedure that is conducted by blocking the Fallopian tubes, thus preventing the eggs released by the ovaries from reaching the uterus and blocking from being fertilized by sperm.
TUBAL CAUTERIZATION: The traditional tubal sterilization procedure where two small incisions are made in the abdominal wall of the patient. Where the fallopian tubes are scarred by cauterization (burning) to cause occlusion. Unlike the newer ESSURE procedure, this method does involve two surgical incisions.
Both methods are equally effective and will produce the desired permanent female sterilizationthat is required.
Effectiveness: Tubal sterilization is considered 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The chances of becoming pregnant after tubal cauterization is less than 3-4 in 1000.
Permanence: Tubal sterilization is considered a permanent birth control method. There’s possibility of reconnecting the fallopian tubes, but the operation is expensive and complex. Which requires major incision and hospital stay and sometimes not always successful. When choosing this birth control method it is important to be certain that you will not be wanting any more children in the future.
Counseling: If you are interested in one of our tubal sterilization procedures, you can make an appointment with one of LA MEDICAL CARE’S skilled treatment coordinators who will answer your questions and help you make sure this procedure is right for you.
How long does it take? Tubal sterilization by either method takes only about 30 minutes. However, with the preparation and post-operative observation, your stay in the clinic is about five hours.
Recovery: When procedure is done, you will be discharged from the clinic a few hours after surgery. We advice to rest a full day after surgery. You may come across a bit of sore throat, from the administration of the anesthesia. Also a small amount of vaginal spotting. Every woman is different, so the time needed to recover from surgery will vary, but we recommend that you avoid heavy lifting and wait until after your two weeks post-operative check-up to have intercourse.
Complications: No surgery is risk-free. Complications are rare; however, they do exist. Your health care provider will discuss them with you.
After Effects: After the Fallopian tubes have been blocked, the ovaries continue to function normally. Sterilization has no effect on the production of hormones, nor does it interfere with menstruation or menopause. It causes no physical changes.
The only after-effect is a beneficial one; without the fear of an unwanted pregnancy, you will probably feel a new sense of freedom and an increase in sexual response.
Cost: In keeping with LA MEDICAL CARE’S commitment to provide quality care at moderate cost, the fee for sterilization includes counseling, the procedure, and follow-up care. During your first appointment, we will review the charges with you and help you decide what form of payment is best suited to your financial position. We accept private insurance, Medi-Cal, Family PACT (SOFP), and work closely with several other health plans to provide services to their patients.