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How is nitrous oxide used in tubal ligations or tubectomies?

Nitrous oxide is used in tubal ligations (tubectomies) to inflate the abdominal cavity. The medication is injected into the abdomen with a needle. Once the abdomen is inflated, doctors can view and operate on the fallopian tubes by inserting a laparoscope (and other instruments) through a small hole in the abdomen. Because this laparoscopic procedure is minimally invasive (avoiding the need to cut a large opening in the abdomen), there is a lower risk of infection and shortened recovery time.

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