Prospective analysis of office-based hysteroscopic sterilization

Mark D Levie, Scott G Chudnoff
Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 2006, 13 (2): 98-101

STUDY OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of performing the Essure hysteroscopic sterilization in an office-based setting.

DESIGN: Prospective, longitudinal analysis (Canadian Task Force classification II-3).

SETTING: University out-patient office.

PATIENTS: All patients undergoing permanent sterilization in our outpatient office who opted for hysteroscopic sterilization were included.

INTERVENTIONS: Hysteroscopic placement of the Essure device in an office-based setting with only non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs and paracervical block.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Multiple data points were collected on each patient including demographic data, specific procedural information, and 12-week hysterosalpingogram data. Most of our patients were Hispanic and had an average body mass index of 30.3. Average time to perform the procedure was 12.4 minutes, with the steepest improvement in the first 13 cases. Bilateral placement of the device was successful in 98 (96%) of 102 patients. Of these patients 92 have 12-week hysterosalpingography results (6 patients were lost to follow-up), with 90 (98%) showing bilateral tubal occlusion. There were no intraprocedural or postprocedural complications.

CONCLUSION: In our institution and in our experience, office-hysteroscopic placement of the Essure device is a feasible and effective approach for permanent sterilization.

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