Minilaparotomy Tubal Ligation

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Minilaparotomy tubal ligation is surgery to tie your fallopian tubes.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Follow up with your surgeon or gynecologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Activity:

You may feel dizzy, tired, or bloated after surgery. These symptoms should go away in 1 to 3 days. Slowly start to do more each day. Rest when you need to. Do not lift heavy objects. Ask when you can start doing your usual activities again.

Bathing:

When you are allowed to bathe or shower, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. If you cannot reach the bandage, ask someone else to help you change it. You may have thin strips of tape on your incision. Keep them clean and dry. As they start to peel off, let them fall off by themselves. Do not pull them off.

Prevent constipation:

It may be hard for you to have a bowel movement after surgery. Walk more to get your bowels moving. To help soften your bowel movement, eat foods high in fiber, such as cereals, beans, vegetables, and whole grain breads. Prune juice may also help soften your bowel movements. Caregivers may recommend fiber medicine or a bowel movement softener to help make your bowel movements more regular.

Ice:

Apply ice on your abdomen for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag and cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.

Heat:

Apply heat to your abdomen for 20 to 30 minutes every 2 hours for as many days as directed. Heat helps decrease pain and muscle spasms.

Contact your surgeon or gynecologist if:

  • Your incision is swollen, red, or has pus coming from it.

  • Your stitches or staples come apart.

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have severe abdominal pain that is getting worse.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.

  • You cough up blood.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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