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Tubal Sterilization (cont.)

Tubal Ligation Risks

As with any surgery, there is always a risk when you are given general anesthesia. You may have a bad reaction to the medication used. 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 you 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, you are 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 your abdomen, you may have injury to other organs in your body.

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