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Discharge Instructions for Laparoscopic Fallopian Tube Ligation

Your surgeon did a sterilization procedure called laparoscopic fallopian tube ligation. It is 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. After a laparoscopic procedure, the incisions on your abdomen may be sore. You may also have pain in your upper back or shoulders. This is from the gas used to distend the abdomen. That lets your surgeon 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 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.

  • Don't do any heavy straining or exercise, or lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 5 weeks 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 4 weeks after surgery.

Follow-up care

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by your healthcare provider.

When to call your healthcare provider

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

  • Fever of 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

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding

  • Inability to empty your bladder

Online Medical Reviewer: Donna Freeborn PhD CNM FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: Heather M Trevino BSN RNC
Online Medical Reviewer: Howard Goodman MD
Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2022
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