Post-Essure Hysterosalpingography Compliance in a Clinic Population

Valerie I. Shavell, Mazen E. Abdallah, Michael P. Diamond, David C. Kmak, Jay M. Berman

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Study Objective: To determine the follow-up rate for post-Essure hysterosalpingography (HSG) in a non-study, general clinic population in an urban environment. Design: Retrospective chart review (Canadian Task Force classification II-2). Setting: University teaching hospital. Patients: Eighty-three University Health Center (UHC) patients who underwent attempted placement of the Essure permanent birth control device at the ambulatory surgery center at Hutzel Women's Hospital from January 2003 through June 2007. Intervention: Hysteroscopic placement of the Essure permanent birth control device. Measurements and Main Results: Placement of the Essure permanent birth control device was attempted in 83 patients, of which 79 were successfully completed (95.2%). Of the 79 patients, 10 underwent post-Essure HSG (12.7%). HSG was performed 3 to 6 months after placement of the Essure device. Bilateral tubal occlusion was documented in all 10 patients. Conclusion: Despite preoperative and postoperative counseling, the follow-up rate for post-Essure HSG for this clinic population was only 12.7%. For those in whom HSG was performed, bilateral tubal occlusion was confirmed in all. Steps or approaches to promote compliance with postprocedural confirmation of tubal occlusion should be utilized to improve future follow-up rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-434
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Essure
  • HSG
  • Hysterosalpingogram
  • Hysterosalpingography
  • Sterilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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