Sign a sterilization consent form. This often must be signed weeks in advance.
Have tests, such as blood tests. These help show your general health.
Tell your doctor if you take any medications, supplements, or herbal remedies. You may need to stop taking some of them before surgery.
Stop eating and drinking anything after midnight, the night before surgery.
Ask an adult family member or friend to give you a ride home after surgery.
Arrive at the hospital or surgical facility on time. You will be asked to sign certain forms and change into a patient gown.
You'll be given an IV (intravenous line) and medication that lets you sleep during surgery.
After the anesthesia takes effect, your surgeon makes a small incision in or below your navel.
Your abdomen is inflated with small amounts of gas to lift the abdominal wall. This makes it easier to guide instruments to the tubes.
Your surgeon then inserts the laparoscope to view the organs in your abdomen.
Surgical instruments may be placed through the laparoscope or through other small incisions.
The fallopian tubes are blocked using one of several methods (see below).
Once the tubes are blocked, your surgeon slowly releases the gas and removes the instruments.
The incisions are closed with sutures or staples.
To block the tubes, your surgeon will use one of the methods listed below.
Cauterization uses electrical current to heat and seal each tube. The sealed ends of the tubes may then be cut.
A ring or band closes each tube, keeping egg and sperm from being able to meet. It is left in place.
A clip shuts off each tube, blocking the passage of sperm and egg. It is left in place.
You'll rest in the recovery area until you feel well enough to go home. Be sure to have an adult friend or family member drive you. You will likely feel tired, so take it easy for the rest of the day. Ask your doctor when it's okay to resume your normal routine. For the first few days you may have:
Pain at the incision sites. Use pain relief medication if needed.
Shoulder pain. This is caused by the gas used during surgery. You may also have a gassy or bloated feeling.
A small amount of vaginal bleeding. Use pads instead of tampons.
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Dr. Marsha Bornt started seeing me when I was in my early twenties (20 years ago). After seeing many doctors, she was the 1st doctor to diagnose me with endometriosis. I went on to have many laparoscopies with her over the years. In my thirties I moved about 45-50 min away from Apple Hill, so I ended up seeing another doctor who performed another laparoscopy...
Staff was very friendly and professional. I had a few questions that the doctor was more than happy to answer for me. I got all that needed to be done in a very timely manner. I was very pleased with my visit. Trying to find a parking spot was very frustrating though. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
I am always glad to meet with Dr. Bornt. She is very pleasant and makes sure she has answered all your questions or concerns. She is very thorough in her approach about your medical history . . .wants only the best for you as her patient.