How is the patient positioned for postpartum tubal sterilization?

Updated: Jun 18, 2018
  • Author: Nan G O'Connell, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Patients should be placed on the operating room table in the supine position with their arms extended out to the side. Trendelenburg positioning may help with displacement of the bowel superiorly for enhanced exposure. Additionally, to aid in visualization, the patient can be placed in slight right lateral tilt when attempting to identify and ligate the left fallopian tube; when the surgeon is operating on the right fallopian tube, the patient can be placed in a left lateral tilt.

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