Vaginal hysterectomy for sterilization

Obstet Gynecol. 1972 May;39(5):759-66.


PIP: Vaginal hysterectomy for sterilization was performed on 115 patients. The Heaney technique was used by nine gynecologists, using lidocaine and adrenaline. The average age of patients was 32.2 years and average parity 3.2. Significant unsuspected pathology was found after surgery in 21 patients. One postoperative death occurred due to a brain stem infarction. Complications after hospitalization were vaginal cuff bleeding and urinary tract infection. Lowered morbidity of patients on oral contraceptives was significant but morbidity in patients with IUD's in place was not statistically significant. Vaginal hysterectomy is recommended for elective sterilization.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Female
  • Hemorrhage
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy*
  • Length of Stay
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Parity
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Sterilization, Reproductive*
  • Time Factors
  • Vagina