Office Sterilization (Essure)

Gynecologic surgeon speaks with patient about office sterilization
NSMC’s Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) program offers Essure®, a permanent sterilization procedure, to our patients.

Essure® Technique

Essure® is a technique for blocking the fallopian tubes. If an egg cannot travel from the ovary, through the fallopian tube, it cannot be fertilized and cannot result in a pregnancy. This female sterilization option can be competed in the physician’s office without any incisions. 

A hysteroscope, a thin tube containing a video camera, is inserted through the vagina into the cervix and uterus. A small coil is then placed in each fallopian tube. These coils stay in the fallopian tubes and cause the tubes to close completely off, and keep a woman from becoming pregnant.. 

An X-ray test is performed three months after the coils are in place to confirm that the tubes are closed. Essure® can be performed in the office or in the operating room with anesthesia.