Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Rest the remainder of the day.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver. Do not take aspirin. It can cause bleeding.

  • Gradually resume daily activities, diet, rest, driving, and work.

  • Avoid sexual intercourse for 2 weeks or as directed.

  • Do not use tampons or douche.

  • Do not drive while taking pain medicine.

  • Do not lift anything over 5 pounds for 2 weeks or as directed.

  • Only take showers, not baths, until you are seen by your caregiver.

  • Change bandages (dressings) as directed.

  • Take your temperature twice a day and record it.

  • Try to have help for the first 7 to 10 days for your household needs.

  • Return to your caregiver to get your stitches (sutures) removed and for follow-up visits as directed.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have redness, swelling, or increasing pain in a wound.

  • You have drainage from a wound lasting longer than 1 day.

  • Your pain is getting worse.

  • You have a rash.

  • You become dizzy or lightheaded.

  • You have a reaction to your medicine.

  • You need stronger medicine or a change in your pain medicine.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from a wound or dressing.

  • Your wound breaks open after the sutures have been removed.

  • You are constipated.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You faint.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have increasing abdominal pain.

  • You have severe pain in your shoulders.

  • You have bleeding or drainage from the suture sites or vagina following surgery.

  • You have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

  • You have chest or leg pain.

  • You have persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Watch your condition.

  • Get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.