Tubal ligation surgery is a popular choice for couples who decide their family is finally complete. Tubal ligation eliminates the need for birth control (although it does not offer protection from STDs). Sterilization is immediate and nearly 100% effective. Tubal ligation does not affect sexual desire, hormone levels, or alter menstrual cycles. But what most people really want to know is how complicated will the recovery be? Will I miss time from work? How will I care for my other children while healing?
The patient stays in a recovery room directly following surgery where their vitals are monitored to ensure they are not having a reaction to the anesthesia or any unforeseen complications. When the hospital is confident the patient will be stable enough to recover at home, they receive instructions for home care. As with any surgery, the recovery time varies for each person and how active their home life is will affect this as well.
Each person has their own reaction to anesthesia and pain. Some women report pain in their shoulders, dizziness, scratchy throat, bloating, cramping, or nausea with anesthesia. Others experience no side effects at all. Because of the use of anesthesia, the patient can expect to have a 24 hour restriction on driving or drinking alcoholic beverages. But due to the noninvasive nature of the surgery, there are no further restrictions. You can even bathe after the 24 hours have expired and the soiled outer bandage can be removed. Unusual symptoms that warrant contacting your physician include: vomiting that persists over a 24 hour period, excessive drainage or bleeding around the incision, temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit that does not go away, bright redness or swelling around the incision.
In fact within a day or two, most women resume their typical daily activities. Two to three days after the surgery, you may remove the sterile-strips from the incisions. There may be some pain as you would expect with any surgery, particularly over the incisions. However over the counter pain relievers generally should be adequate during the recovery process and most of the symptoms go away within three or four days. Until then, some women report feeling run down which is not surprising as the patient’s body is focusing its energy on healing.
Most patients can return to work around day 3 post op. Sexual activity is not recommended until one week after surgery. Finally, within 2 to 8 weeks, the physician requests a follow up appointment where he/she can monitor the patient’s progress.