Post # 1
I’m curious what your experience was having a tubal ligation. I have friends that have done it at the same time they gave birth, but that will not be my situation.
I’m wondering what the recovery time was like and how the level of pain was for you… and how long you were on pain meds and had to take time off work, etc.
Any and all input on the process is appreciated!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
My mom had it done three days after her release from the hospital so it was not done in conjunction with the birth (she forgot to sign the consent paperwork ahead of time and he doctor would not allow her to sign it while in labor.)
Per my mom, the procedure itself doesn’t hurt. But since they pump you full of air (I have no idea why?), the subsequent gas release is really painful. But she said it wasn’t nearly as bad as her thyroid surgery. Take the pain meds and make sure you have someone to care for you for at least the first 24 hours. She was up and around the house like normal by the next day.
Post # 4
@beachbride1216: they fill your abdomen with air b/c the surgery is laparoscopic.
@oracle: i had one many, many years ago and i was ok the next day. the difficult part was the pain pills they gave me made me nauseous and constipated. that was worse than the recovery.
i would suggest having it on a thursday and take friday off. you still have the weekend to fully recover.
Post # 5
The filling your abdomen up with air is the part that is worrisome to me! It sounds SO uncomfortable! I’m also concerned about my abs being sore/in pain for a long time afterwards!!
@beachbride1216: please thank your mom for her feedback! 🙂
@mypinkshoes: thank you! I definitely appreciate the timeline – I wasn’t sure if I’d need a whole week off, etc!
Post # 6
Your belly is filled with air to separate the organs so the doctor can do the surgery through the laparoscope.
You will have 2 or 3 small incisions with no external sutures to be removed- only dissolvable internal sutures.
Discomfort is mostly from the remaining gas- it all has to be absorbed into the bowel and passed rectally. It helps to move the air if you are up and about- thats why nurses get people up walking in the hospital.
Pain meds can be constipating so drink lots of water and eat prunes or drink prune juice- easier to prevent than treat. Many women only need Tylenol though.
If new moms can go home the day after birth and tubal ligation , breastfeed and care for a newborn it can’t be any harder when done on its’ own.
Surgery on a Thursady and back to work on Monday is do-able as long as you do not do a very physical job.