postpartum tubal ligation is done to permanently prevent a woman from getting
pregnant. During this procedure, the doctor makes a cut (incision) near the
belly button (navel) rather than in the pubic area. This is because the uterus
is enlarged from the pregnancy, and the fallopian tubes are located higher in
the abdomen. The dotted line on the figure shows where the cut is made below
the belly button. The dotted lines on the fallopian tubes show where they are
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerFemi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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