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Spring Clip Sterilization: Long-Term Follow-up

Authors: WILLIAM T. GRIFFIN MD, NEIL T. MANDSAGER MD

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Between 1978 and 1984, 186 women had interval laparoscopic and postpartum Hulka clip sterilization at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center. We reached 109(58%) of these women for follow-up. All had had their sterilization procedures at least one year earlier, and the average duration of follow-up was 3½ years. The procedure failed in four patients, for a failure rate of 3.7%; three of these failures occurred more than 12 months after sterilization. These data suggest that long-term (more than 12 months) follow-up studies may be necessary to document more accurately the failure rate of Hulka clip sterilization.

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