Tubal ligation

Specialty of Obstetrics & gynaecology

Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure performed on women to tie the fallopian tubes (tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus). The goal is to prevent the eggs going through the tubes and reaching the uterus. This is a sterilisation procedure and can be performed as an outpatient or inpatient, and lasts about 30 minutes. Anaesthesia may be epidural, local or general, depending on the case. Usually tubal ligation is a reversible method and the patient can undergo a tubal reversal in order to repair the fallopian tube and be able to get pregnant. The risks are common to any surgery, including bleeding, infections and allergic reactions to drugs.

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