Economic and clinical outcomes of microlaparoscopic and standard laparoscopic sterilization: A comparison

Francisco A.R. Garcia, Ina Steinmetz, Bel Barker, George R. Huggins

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OBJECTIVE: To compare microlaparoscopic surgical sterilization and standard laparoscopic sterilization with respect to cost effectiveness and patient preferences. STUDY DESIGN: a retrospective study of all laparoscopic surgical sterilizations performed under general anesthesia at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center - 16 microlaparoscopies and 34 standard laparoscopies. Cases selected for review were limited to patients under-going surgical contraception and not requiring additional, concurrent procedures. Laparoscopic surgical sterilization was performed using a double-puncture technique with silicone band application. In each case either a standard, 10- mm laparoscope or a 2-mm microlaparoscope was used, and the procedure was performed under general anesthesia. Postoperative pain management was achieved by nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs and/or narcotic analgesia. All cases were performed by residents under faculty supervision. Medical records and hospital billing records were reviewed, and a standardized telephone interview was conducted to assess postoperative quality of life and patient satisfaction. RESULTS: Both techniques were comparable in cost effectiveness. There was no significant difference in operating room time, average operating room costs, average ancillary department costs, instrument and supply costs, or length of stay. Postoperative discomfort was significantly less with microlaparoscopy (P = .05), and patient satisfaction was higher in the microlaparoscopy group. CONCLUSION: Microlaparoscopy and the standard laparoscopic approach for surgical sterilization are associated with similar hospital charges. Postoperative pain and overall patient satisfaction were significantly better with microlaparoscopy than standard laparoscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-376
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000


  • Laparoscopic surgical procedures
  • Minilaparoscopy
  • Sterilization
  • Tubal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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