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Postpartum Sterilization: Small Incision, Big Complication

Vallerie, Amy M. MD; Herzog, Thomas J. MD; Wright, Jason D. MD

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e318180a514
In the Trenches

A higher level of awareness of and increased index of suspicion for inadvertently retained surgical instruments will increase detection and decrease sequelae for patients and providers.

From the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York.

Dr. Amy Vallerie is a resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University. Dr. Thomas Herzog is the director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Columbia University. Dr. Jason Wright is an assistant professor for the division.

Address correspondence to Consultant Editor for Clinical Case Series: Ingrid Nygaard, MD, MS, University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 30 North 1900 East, Room 2B200, Salt Lake City, UT 84132; e-mail:

Financial Disclosure The authors have no potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2008 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.