Around the world, about 220M women are currently relying on permanent contraception via surgical tubal ligation to avoid pregnancy.
Surgical tubal ligation is an abdominal surgery requiring hospitalisation and anesthesia. It’s usually carried out via laparoscopy; instruments are passed through the abdominal wall and the fallopian tubes are cut, clipped, tied, removed, or disrupted with energy. It’s generally safe and effective and often offered as a day-case, so normally, a woman can expect to go home on the same day. However, she will have undergone surgery, and it will be several days before she can resume normal activities.
AltaScience is developing AltaSeal®, a non-surgical alternative to tubal ligation. AltaSeal® is a soft stainless steel micro-insert, which is placed the fallopian tubes using a special type of telescope called a hysteroscope. AltaSeal® can be placed in a gynaecologist’s office, rather than in a hospital, and the procedure takes about 15 minutes. Because there’s no anesthesia or surgery, a woman can expect to resume normal activities on the same day, or the next day.
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