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.
The Essure® method of tubal ligation is a less invasive method of permanently preventing pregnancy that the doctors can perform as an in-office procedure.
What is Essure?
Essure is a newer sterilization method that makes it possible to prevent pregnancy without burning or cutting the fallopian tubes. With Essure, you won’t need incisions in your abdomen or have to go to a hospital for the procedure. Dr. Basinski and Dr. Juran perform Essure in their office, making it a more convenient way to get long-lasting results.
The Essure procedure is similar to that of getting an IUD, in which one of the doctors places a soft, flexible insert into each of your fallopian tubes. This is done through your vagina and cervix, so there’s no need for any type of laparoscopic or invasive surgeries. Once the inserts are in place, your fallopian tubes grow internally around the Essure implants, blocking your eggs from traveling to your uterus.
Some of the many benefits of Essure are that your ovaries continue to produce hormones normally, there is no scar tissue outside your tubes, and it boasts an even higher success rate than tubal ligation in preventing pregnancy.
To learn more about Essure, or other tubal ligation methods, call or schedule a consultation online.