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Sterilization Specialist

Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D.

Family Medicine & OBGYNs located in Houston, TX

If your family is complete and you’re done having children, or you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or another condition that results in chronic pelvic pain or heavy menstrual bleeding, consider sterilization. At Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D., in Houston, Texas, the highly experienced team offers several types of sterilization, including tubal ligation and hysterectomy. To see if sterilization is right for you, schedule an appointment today. Call the office or book a consultation online.

Sterilization

What is sterilization?

Sterilization is a permanent type of birth control. In some cases, it’s also used to minimize uncomfortable symptoms caused by women’s reproductive health problems, such as unsuccessfully treated pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), adenomyosis, and prolapse of the uterus.

Sterilization is safe, usually well-tolerated, and has a proven track record of success. In fact, fewer than one percent of women who undergo sterilization become pregnant within one year of having the procedure.

What are the types of sterilization?

The providers at Fernando Bueso M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. offer several types of sterilization, including:

Tubal ligation

Tubal ligation is a sterilization procedure used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. During this type of operation, your surgeon blocks or cuts both fallopian tubes, the organs responsible for carrying an egg from your ovary to your uterus. 

Tubal ligation is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home on the same day of your operation. Following tubal ligation, you still have a menstrual period. The only difference is that you don’t have to worry about getting pregnant.

Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a type of sterilization that removes all or part of your uterus. Hysterectomies can prevent unwanted pregnancies, but they can also treat many women’s health conditions, including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Gynecologic cancers

During a hysterectomy, your surgeon removes all or a portion of your uterus. Thanks to minimally invasive surgical techniques, it’s possible to undergo a hysterectomy on an outpatient basis.

What is recovery like following sterilization?

Following sterilization, it’s normal to experience some pain and general discomfort. To ease these symptoms, your provider writes you a prescription for painkillers and antibiotics. 

For the first few weeks after your operation, you will have bleeding and discharge from your vagina. Many women also experience constipation and trouble urinating, but these issues should subside as your body heals. 

During your recovery, make sure to follow your provider’s instructions carefully. Take your medications as prescribed and try to stay physically active. You should also avoid sex, douching, and using tampons until your provider says otherwise.

To learn more about sterilization, schedule an appointment at Fernando Bueso, M.D. P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.