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Tubal Sterilization (cont.)

Tubal Ligation Risks

As with any surgery, there is always a risk when a person is given general anesthesia. Surgery itself may present problems with bleeding or infection. However, tubal ligation is considered to be a very safe procedure with an overall complication rate of less than 1%.

There is still a chance a woman may become pregnant after tubal ligation. About 1 in 200 women become pregnant who have their tubes tied. This may be caused by an incomplete closure of the tubes. If pregnancy occurs after the procedure, the woman is at increased risk for an ectopic pregnancy in which the pregnancy develops in the Fallopian tubes. An ectopic pregnancy may be dangerous and requires emergent medical care.

Because the procedure is performed by tiny instruments inserted into the abdomen, the patient may have injury to other organs in the body.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
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