Discharge Instruction for Laparoscopic Fallopian Tube Ligation

Your doctor performed 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 prevent the egg from entering the uterus (womb) and sperm from traveling up to fertilize the egg. You had a laparoscopic procedure. The incisions on your abdoment 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 abdoment to allow your doctor to see inside your pelvis and perform the procedure. This pain usually goes away in a day or two.

Here’s what you can do to speed your recovery following 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 narcotics if prescribed

  • Don’t have sex for 2 weeks following surgery.

Follow-up care

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


When to call your doctor

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

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C) or chills

  • Dizziness or fainting

  • Abdominal pain and swelling that become worse

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Signs of infection, such as drainage, pus, warmth, or redness at your incision site

  • Sudden chest pain or shortness of breath


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