Advanced Gynaecological Surgery Centre
Treatment Options

Laparoscopic Sterilisation

This is one of the 2 forms of female sterilisation.

It involves an operation under general anaesthetic.

The Procedure

Once cleaned with disinfectant and covered with drapes, your bladder is emptied and a device is placed in your vagina so that we can move your uterus. Two small cuts are made in your abdomen, one near your navel and one in your lower abdomen. A specially designed titanium and plastic clip is placed on both fallopian tubes. This clip crushes a small portion of the tube, which eventually resorbs. The tube is then effectively cut in two.

How it works

  • Once the clips are in place the egg is unable to travel along the tube to be fertilised by the sperm. The egg is microscopic and will eventually die and is reabsorbed by the body.
  • Laparoscopic sterilisation does not effect ovulation, hormones, libido or your periods, although menopause may start 1 or 2 years earlier. 
  • Reversal is possible but expensive. It involves cutting the tubes and stitching them back together. At best the success rate is around 50%.

Advantages of Laparoscopic Sterilisation

  • Can be relied on as soon as you have your next period
  • Laparoscopy can be used to investigate other problems you may have


  • Failure rate 3/1000
  • Major complications are possible including
  • Damage to  bowel
  • haemorrhage    risk 1:1000
  • thrombosis (blood clots)                              
  • Death    risk 1:25,000
  • Overnight Admission to hospital   risk 3%
  • Laparotomy (large incision) required due to difficulty      risk 1%
  • Abnormal scar formation and other minor complications    risk 4%