Bilateral Tubal Ligation

A bilateral tubal ligation is commonly referred to as having your “tubes tied.” During this procedure (while you are under general anesthesia), one or two small incisions are made in the abdomen (usually near the navel), and a small instrument called a laparoscope (similar to a telescope on a flexible tube) is inserted.

Using instruments that are then inserted through the laparoscope, the fallopian tubes are sealed shut. This process virtually blocks the fallopian tubes. It prevents pregnancy by blocking the egg from traveling to the uterus, and by preventing the sperm from traveling through the fallopian tubes.

Following the outpatient procedure, the skin incision is closed. Most often, you are feeling well enough to return home within a few hours.

Most women are able to return to normal activities within a few days.