Essure is a medical device that provides permanent birth control. The main selling points of Essure over other sterilization methods, are that it is non-hormonal and the procedure to place the device is non-surgical. However, Essure has been linked to severe side effects, permanent injuries, and several deaths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Essure in November 2002. By May 2015, it had received over 5,000 complaints about the device. If you have been harmed by Essure, please talk to the Kansas defective medical device lawyers of Ray Hodge & Associates, LLC, today.
Essure is a tiny, flexible coil. It is made of a nickel-titanium alloy, stainless steel and polyester fibers. One Essure insert is placed in each fallopian tube where it embeds in the walls causing irritation and the formation of scar tissue. The scar tissue creates a barrier that prevents sperm from travelling through the fallopian tubes.
Women who receive Essure must use alternative contraceptive methods until the barrier is formed. It takes about three months.
Essure is placed in a transcervical procedure. No incision is required. It is advertised as a procedure that does not require general anesthesia, but a study published in the BMJ in October 2015, found that general anesthesia was used in about half of Essure procedures. The study also found that women who had Essure had a 10-fold higher risk of requiring additional surgery as opposed to those who chose tubal ligation.
Side effects and complications of Essure can include:
• Perforation of the fallopian tube or uterus
• Coil migration through the tubes
• Coil migration to other organs
• Allergic reaction to nickel in the coil
• Pelvic pain
• Back pain
• Arm and leg pain
• Vaginal bleeding
• Severe cramping
• Long, heavy periods
• Vaginal discharge and infection
• Abdominal pain
• Painful intercourse
• Extreme fatigue
• Skin rashes
• Severe bloating
• Unexpected pregnancy, including ectopic pregnancy
Essure injuries can be permanent. In some women, removing Essure can relieve the symptoms. There are several surgical options for removing Essure. Some women require multiple surgeries to remove the entire device, and some will require total hysterectomy.
If you have suffered Essure complications, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your injuries. Ray Hodge & Associates, LLC, can help. Please call us at (316)269-1414 or contact us online right away to schedule your free consultation.
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