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I Went In To Get My Tubes Tied And Came Out With A Hysterectomy

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While there are reportedly medical advantages for tubal ligation (mitigating the risk of ovarian cancer in particular), most women who decide to pursue this surgery are simply ready for a permanent means of birth control. The two most common choices for having your tubes tied are considered minor surgery.

Tying Fallopian Tubes = Minor Surgery

In a mini-laparotomy (AKA mini-lap), a surgery most often requested right after birth, the surgeon makes a small incision, pulls the fallopian tubes out, ties them, puts them back in place, and stitches the incision for healing. All in all, the surgery itself takes about 45 minutes and a few hours of post-op rest.

Laparoscopy also only requires a small incision. This should take the surgeon about 30 minutes. After a small incision is made the surgeon uses one of four tools to close the fallopian tubes:

  • Clamps
  • Clips
  • Electrocautery
  • Rings

Hysterectomy = Major Surgery

While there are different types of hysterectomy procedures – partial, total, radical, complete, and oophorectomy – all are consider major surgery. Hysterectomy is for the removal of all or part of the uterus. Most physicians would not recommend this surgery unless there is an existing health risk to keeping the uterus.

Laparoscopy is a surgical method used both for tubal ligation and hysterectomy. Could a surgeon mistake a laparoscopic surgery simply intended to tie fallopian tubes with a hysterectomy? If this medical error occurs, you may have a clear case for medical malpractice.

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