What is the most common surgical approach to postpartum tubal sterilization?

Updated: Jun 18, 2018
  • Author: Nan G O'Connell, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Worldwide and in the United States, the most common surgical approach for postpartum tubal sterilization is by infraumbilical minilaparotomy. With the fundus at the level of the umbilicus immediately postpartum, the fallopian tubes are usually easily accessed from this entry point. Bilateral tubal ligation may also be performed after hysterotomy closure at the time of cesarean, but this article will focus on the postpartum approach within 48 hours following a vaginal delivery.

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