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Timing of postpartum tubal sterilization using the Filshie clips: an analysis of data from two developing-country centers.
Two-hundred-ninety-seven women at a Panamanian center and 148 women at a Philippine center had their tubal sterilization performed during their postpartum hospital stay after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery of a live birth. The sterilizations were all performed with the use of the Filshie clip via minilaparotomy. The timing of the sterilization varied from two hours to six days after delivery. At each of the two centers, women sterilized within 48 hours after delivery were compared with those sterilized at 49 or more hours with respect to surgical difficulties, tubal injuries, complications/complaints, technical failures and lengths of hospitalization after sterilization and before discharge. The one-year gross cumulative pregnancy rates were also compared. No significant differences were detected in any of the above outcome variables between the two timing groups at each center. While the data suggest that tubal sterilizations by the Filshie clip performed two to six days following childbirth are as safe and effective as those performed within 48 hours of delivery, further studies are urged.
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Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.