Tubal Ligation

Care After

Please read the instructions outlined below and refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These discharge instructions give you general information on care after leaving the hospital. Your surgeon may also give you specific instructions. While treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, unavoidable complications sometimes happen. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, please call your surgeon or caregiver.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Do not drink alcohol, drive a car, use public transportation, or sign important papers for at least 1 day following surgery.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • If your surgery was done as a same-day surgery, make sure you have a responsible adult with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery.

  • You may resume normal diet and activities as directed.

  • Change dressings as directed.

  • Do not douche or engage in sexual intercourse until your surgeon has given you permission.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

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

  • You have pus coming from the wound.

  • You have a fever.

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

  • Your wound edges separate after sutures or staples have been removed.

  • You have increasing abdominal pain.

  • You have excessive vaginal bleeding.

  • You have increasing pain in your shoulders or chest.

  • You have dizzy episodes or fainting while standing.

  • You have persistent nausea or vomiting.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a rash.

  • You have a hard time breathing.

  • You feel you are developing any reaction or side effects to medications taken.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

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