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21.

Reprocessed Single-Use Devices

Committee Opinion Number 537, October 2012

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT The reprocessing and reuse of singleuse instruments has become increasingly common Although there are limited data on reprocessed singleuse devices existing studies have found a significant rate of physical defects performance issues or improper decontamination There are currently no data...

October 2012

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Access to Postpartum Sterilization

Committee Opinion Number 530, July 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Postpartum tubal sterilization is one of the safest and most effective methods of contraception Women who desire this type of sterilization typically undergo thorough counseling and informed consent during prenatal care and reiterate their desire for postpartum sterilization at the time o...

July 2012

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Vaginal Placement of Synthetic Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Committee Opinion Number 513, December 2011

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Since 2004 use of synthetic mesh has increased in vaginal surgery for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse However concerns exist about the safety and efficacy of transvaginally placed mesh Based on the currently available limited data although many patients undergoing meshaugmented vag...

December 2011

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Health Care for Transgender Individuals

Committee Opinion Number 512, December 2011

ABSTRACT Transgender individuals face harassment discrimination and rejection within our society Lack of awareness knowledge and sensitivity in health care communities eventually leads to inadequate access to underutilization of and disparities within the health care system for this population Alt...

December 2011

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Nonobstetric Surgery During Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 474, February 2011

(Replaces No. 284, August 2003, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Obstetric Practice acknowledges that the issue of nonobstetric surgery during pregnancy is an important concern for physicians who care for women It is important for a physician to obtain an obstetric consultation before...

February 2011

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Ethical Considerations for Performing Gynecologic Surgery in Low-Resource Settings Abroad

Committee Opinion Number 466, September 2010

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT International humanitarian medical efforts provide essential services to patients who would not otherwise have access to specific health care services The Committees on Ethics and Global Womens Health of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourage College Fellows and...

September 2010

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Patient Safety in the Surgical Environment

Committee Opinion Number 464, September 2010

(Replaces No. 328, February 2006, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Ensuring patient safety in the operating room begins before the patient enters the operative suite and includes attention to all applicable types of preventable medical errors including for example medication errors but surgical errors are unique to this environment Steps to prevent wrong...

September 2010

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Choosing the Route of Hysterectomy for Benign Disease

Committee Opinion Number 444, November 2009

(Reaffirmed 2011)

Abstract Hysterectomies are performed vaginally abdominally or with laparoscopic or robotic assistance When choosing the route and method of hysterectomy the physician should take into consideration how the procedure may be performed most safely and costeffectively to fulfill the medical needs of ...

November 2009

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Vaginal "Rejuvenation" and Cosmetic Vaginal Procedures

Committee Opinion Number 378, September 2007

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Socalled vaginal rejuvenation designer vaginoplasty revirgination and Gspot amplification are vaginal surgical procedures being offered by some practitioners These procedures are not medically indicated and the safety and effectiveness of these procedures have not been documented Clinicia...

September 2007

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30.

Mode of Term Singleton Breech Delivery

Committee Opinion Number 340, July 2006

(Replaces No. 265, December 2001, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT In light of recent studies that further clarify the longterm risks of vaginal breech delivery the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the decision regarding mode of delivery should depend on the experience of the health care provider Cesarean delivery will ...

July 2006

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Analgesia and Cesarean Delivery Rates

Committee Opinion Number 339, June 2006

(Reaffirmed 2016, Replaces No. 269, February 2002)

ABSTRACT Neuraxial analgesia techniques are the most effective and least depressant treatments for labor pain The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists previously recommended that practitioners delay initiating epidural analgesia in nulliparous women until the cervical dilatation rea...

June 2006

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Elective Coincidental Appendectomy

Committee Opinion Number 323, November 2005

(Reaffirmed 2014, Replaces No. 164, December 1995)

ABSTRACT Because of a lack of evidence from randomized trials it remains unclear whether the benefits of routine elective coincidental appendectomy outweigh the cost and risk of morbidity associated with this prophylactic procedure Because the riskbenefit analysis varies according to patient age a...

November 2005

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Avoiding Inappropriate Clinical Decisions Based on False-Positive Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Test Results

Committee Opinion Number 278, November 2002

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Clinically significant falsepositive human chorionic gonadotropin hCG test results are rare However some individuals have circulating factors in their serum eg heterophilic antibodies or nonactive forms of hCG that interact with the hCG antibody and cause unusual or unexpected test result...

November 2002

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Nongynecologic Procedures

Committee Opinion Number 253, March 2001

(Replaces Statement of Policy on Liposuction, January 1988, Reaffirmed 2015)

Cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal body piercing tattoo removal and liposuction are not considered gynecologic procedures and therefore generally are not taught in approved obstetric and gynecologic residencies Because these are not considered gynecologic procedures it is inappropriate...

March 2001

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Scheduled Cesarean Delivery and the Prevention of Vertical Transmission of HIV Infection

Committee Opinion Number 234, May 2000

(Replaces No. 219, August 1999, Reaffirmed 2015)

Prevention of transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus HIV from mother to fetus or newborn vertical transmission is a major goal in the care of pregnant women infected with HIV An important advance in this regard was the demonstration that treatment of the mother with zidovudine ZDV during...

May 2000

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