Laparoscopic tubal ligation

Picture of laparoscopic tubal ligation for female sterilization

A laparoscopic tubal ligation is done to permanently prevent a woman from getting pregnant. During this procedure, the doctor makes two small cuts (incisions). The upper incision is for the laparoscope, and the lower incision is for the forceps. The dotted lines show where the cuts are made.

Last Updated: May 22, 2008

Medical Review: Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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