When your family is complete, tubal ligation, a permanent solution to birth control, makes it so there’s one less thing you have to worry about. Dr. Cindy Basinski and Dr. Rupal Juran of Basinski & Juran, MDs, in Newburgh, Indiana, are experts in gynecology and urogynecology and specialize in surgical tubal ligation as an optimal way to prevent future pregnancies. Tubal ligation, or having your “tubes tied,” is one of the safest long-term solutions to birth control and family planning. If you live in Evansville, Indiana, or the surrounding area, call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.
What is tubal ligation?
A tubal ligation, tubectomy, or having your tubes tied, is a female sterilization method in which your fallopian tubes are tied off, blocked, or severed to prevent eggs from traveling to your uterus where they can be implanted. This surgical birth control option is a safe, highly successful method of preventing pregnancies. It’s an ideal choice for women who feel like their families are complete and don’t wish to have additional children.
The most common types of tubal ligation include:
- Postpartum tubal ligation in which your tubes are tied within 24-36 hours of giving birth, usually performed laparoscopically
- Laparoscopic surgery
- Laparotomy, or open tubal ligation
How is tubal ligation performed?
Depending on which type of tubal ligation you have, the procedure can be relatively simple, with minimal recovery time. Most women can opt for laparoscopic methods which only require one or two small incisions in your belly button and abdomen. In both a postpartum tubal ligation and laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Basinski or Dr. Juran insert small surgical tools through tiny incisions in your abdomen to perform the procedure.
With an open tubal ligation, you will have a larger incision in your abdomen. This method is usually reserved for women who have had previous pelvic surgeries, pelvic inflammatory disease, or endometriosis. Each of these methods of tubal ligation requires general anesthetic or an epidural so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure, which involves cutting, burning, or clipping your fallopian tubes so they can no longer send eggs to your uterus.