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Discharge Instruction for Laparoscopic Fallopian Tube Ligation

Your doctor did a sterilization procedure to prevent any future pregnancies. This is a permanent form of birth control. Several different methods of surgical sterilization can be used to block the fallopian tubes. They all stop the egg from entering the womb (uterus) and sperm from traveling up to fertilize the egg. You had a laparoscopic procedure. The incisions on your abdomen may be tender or sore. You may also have pain in your upper back or shoulders. This is from the gas used to enlarge the abdomen to allow your doctor to see inside your pelvis and do the procedure. This pain usually goes away in a day or two.

Here's what you can do to speed your recovery after surgery.

 Home care

  • Take it easy. Stay quiet and rest for 2 days.

  • Return to your normal activities after 48 hours. You may also return to work at that time.

  • Eat a normal diet.

  • If needed, take an over-the-counter pain reliever for pain.

  • Don't lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 1 week after the procedure.

  • Don't drive for at least 24 hours after the procedure and until pain is minimal without taking opioids if prescribed

  • Don't have sex for 2 weeks after surgery.

Follow-up care

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

 

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Chills

  • Dizziness or fainting

  • Abdominal pain and swelling that get worse

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Signs of infection. These include drainage, pus, warmth, or redness at your incision site.

  • Sudden chest pain or shortness of breath

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