Laparoscopic sterilization: Review of 3600 cases

Clifford R. Wheeless, Bruce H. Thompson

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A review of 3600 eases of laparoscopy sterilization has been made. The complications, failure rate, and technics for this procedure are discussed. The surgical technic was altered three times during the study period. The data have been calculated relative to the particular technic used. The review includes results with a) the two-incision technic, b) the one-incision, one-burn technic, and c) the one-incision, three-burn technic under general and local anesthesia. It was found that the majority of patients could undergo the procedure as outpatients and that local anesthesia was adequate for most patients. The expected pregnancy rate after the procedure should be less than 0.3%. The most serious complication noted was inadvertent electrocoagulation of the gastrointestinal tract. The results encourage us to continue our policy toward sterilization and the technic described in this review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-758
Number of pages8
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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