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    Postpartum Tubal Ligation

    Postpartum Tubal Ligation

    Picture of postpartum tubal ligation

    A postpartum tubal ligation is done to permanently prevent a woman from getting pregnant. During this procedure, the doctor makes a cut (incision) near the belly button (navel) rather than in the pubic area. This is because the uterus is enlarged from the pregnancy, and the fallopian tubes are located higher in the abdomen. The dotted line on the figure shows where the cut is made below the belly button. The dotted lines on the fallopian tubes show where they are closed.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Current as ofJune 30, 2016

    Current as of: June 30, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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