Tubal Ligation Complications – Are There Any?

Tubal ligation complications are the aftermath of tubal ligation surgical procedure. They are some of the body responses experienced by patient who have undergone tubal ligation. Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure done to women with an aim to avoid further pregnancies. The procedure involves tying, cutting or clipping the fallopian tubes to prevent fertilization of the egg by the sperm. It separates the sperm and the ovary and in this case no pregnancy occurs. However, tubal ligation has lacked effectiveness since there have been cases of pregnancies due to incomplete blockage of the fallopian tubes.

No More Babies – Are You Sure?

Tubal ligation is an irreversible process mostly recommended for adults who no longer want to have other children unlike for younger adults who might live regretting the permanent procedure. An attempt of its reversal is considered expensive and may even fail. As some other surgical procedures may have complications, tubal ligation shares some of them and may immediately affect the patient or years later after the operation.

Some of the complications due to tubal ligation include; the patient may be infected, reaction to the anaesthetic during the surgical procedure, bleeding and damage to other organs such as the gall bladder, bowel, ovaries, uterus, blood vessels and the nerves. Severe cases may require surgery to repair major blood vessel damage or a temporary colostomy and depending on its extent, other might require blood transfusions to complete the operation safely. Few deaths have resulted due to complications of tubal ligation.

Yes, Pain is Very Real

There are those immediate symptoms or discomfort that arises after the surgical procedure. The patient may feel tired and have mild abdominal pain for a short while. The patient could also experience mild nausea due to the medications or the surgical procedure, cramps similar to the menstrual cramps, discharge, achiness, tiredness, pain in the incisions, have a swollen abdomen, pain in the neck and the shoulders.

Some patients are reported to experience heavy periods that start only after tubal ligation, have irregular periods and more painful cramping during periods. Others experience ectopic pregnancies, painful thickening of the lining of the uterus and early menopause. Early menopause is the most common complication due to tubal ligation. Ectopic pregnancy otherwise known as tubal pregnancy is one of the cases due to a failed tubal ligation. A patient can know whether she has tubal pregnancy if she experiences any of this signs; a very light period, spotting after a missed period and a faint feeling or dizziness with pressure on the bowels.

Recovery Period – What’s Next?

After a tubal ligation, the recovery speed depends on the patient’s pain tolerance, the anaesthesia used and the healing ability of the patient. Most the symptoms experienced after surgery disappear after 2 to 5 days and the patient is able to go back to their routine jobs. It is clear that tubal ligations have some complications and therefore such information should be given to those patients with an intention to have the procedure done. Some of the complications can be expensive especially where another surgery has to be performed to repair major blood vessels or the expenses incurred in trying to seek some medications to relieve some of the complications.

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