My husband and I were really living below the poverty line so after 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls, I decided to get my tubes tied. However, I ended up getting pregnant again and had another girl. Can I sue my OB/GYN because we thought this was a permanent fix? No More Babies, Connecticut
Dear No More Babies:
Getting your cords tied is also called “Tubal Ligation” but your friends might call it simply “getting your tubes or cords tied.” In this procedure, a surgeon closes off your fallopian tubes, which carry eggs from your ovaries to your uterus.
Tubal ligation is usually done in a hospital or clinic and takes about 30 minutes. You'll probably go home the same day. Some women have it done when they deliver their last baby via C-section, while they're already being operated on.
If you had this procedure the paperwork that you signed should have also listed the possible side effects and your doctor should also have discussed this with you.
Sometimes before patients are admitted for surgery, they have to come into the doctor’s office or hospital, just to make sure the paperwork is in order. Many people for some reason don’t even keep copies of this paperwork.
However, suing a doctor is sometimes like suing the federal government, it’s extremely hard to do. Look at it like this, you had another unscheduled child but did you really plan the birth of your other 4 children?