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Obstet Gynecol. 1983 Feb;61(2):153-8.

Complications of interval laparoscopic tubal sterilization.


In 1978, the Centers for Disease Control initiated a multicenter prospective study to assess the safety of the various female sterilizing operations and the ways in which they could be made safer. During the first 31 months, 3500 women who underwent interval laparoscopic tubal sterilization by electrocoagulation or Silastic banding without other concurrent operations were enrolled in the study. When a standard definition of complications was used, the overall rate of an intraoperative or postoperative complication was 1.7 per 100 women. Several patients factors increased the risk of complications twofold or more: diabetes mellitus, previous abdominal or pelvic surgery, lung disease, a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, and obesity. There was a fivefold difference in complication rates between procedures performed under general anesthesia and those done under local anesthesia.

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