Study objective: To compare hysteroscopic female sterilization procedures performed in-office versus a hospital operating room (OR) among newly trained physicians. Design: Multisite hospital operating rooms and physician offices. Patients: Women desiring permanent hysteroscopic sterilization. Intervention: Hysteroscopic female sterilization with the Essure system. Measurements and main results: Procedure time (scope in/scope out time), device placement rates, and incidence of complications and adverse events were compared. There was no significant difference in scope time between the 2 settings. There was no significant difference in placement rates, although the placement rate was somewhat higher in-office (91% vs 88%). There were no complications among any of the procedures, and the incidence of minor adverse events was extremely low in both settings (OR = 2%, in-office = 1%). Conclusion: There is no clear advantage to performing hysteroscopic sterilization in a hospital OR. Hysteroscopic sterilization can be performed safely and efficiently in an office setting.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology