The hysteroscopic approach to sterilization
Graduate School of Nursing
Counseling; Equipment Design; Equipment Failure; Female; Humans; Hysteroscopy; Microsurgery; Nurse's Role; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Patient Education as Topic; Patient Selection; Perioperative Care; Risk Factors; Safety; Social Support; Sterilization, Tubal; Treatment Outcome
Permanent sterilization is the most common form of contraception in the United States today. Previously, this was accomplished via the laparoscopic method. A new less invasive method has been developed, in which the Essure microinsert is inserted through a hysteroscope into the fallopian tubes. A subsequent benign inflammatory process results in tubal occlusion within 3 months of insertion. Approved since 2002, this method offers high efficacy without incisions, general anesthesia, or a prolonged recovery period.
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Citation: J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2008 May-Jun;37(3):356-60. Link to article on publisher's site