Essure, an implantable birth control device that prevents pregnancies by closing off the fallopian tubes, won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002. While it has been touted as the minimally invasive alternative to tubal ligation, a surgery for which a woman has to receive general anesthesia, it hasn’t received the success rate that was initially expected. In recent years, thousands of women have reported a number of serious side effects from these implants and a growing number of women are seeking to have these devices removed and filing Essure lawsuits.
How Does Essure Work?
The Essure device basically consists of two metal coils that are implanted into the fallopian tubes, a procedure that is done in the doctor’s office. Once the device is implanted, it is kept in place with flexible nickel titanium that fits snugly against the walls of the fallopian tubes. This causes scar tissue to form and close the fallopian tubes forming a barrier to prevent sperm from reaching the woman’s eggs. The device is marketed as a safe and convenient birth control method for busy women. However, a number of problems have been identified in connection with Essure.
Women have reported that the device failed to prevent pregnancies. Many others have reported overwhelming side effects including but not limited to intense pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, hair loss and fatigue. The device can also migrate or fracture and rupture internal organs causing serious internal injuries. In addition, nickel is a very common allergen and can cause contact dermatitis, which leads to an itchy, red rash. It can also cause dry patches of skin resembling a burn, blisters and severe itchiness.
Can the Device be Removed Safely?
A growing number of women who have experienced serious, long-term side effects after being implanted with Essure, are opting to have the device surgically removed. There are a number of things to bear in mind if you chose to undergo Essure removal surgery:
- Choose a removal method that will allow you to keep the device intact. The device itself is an important piece of evidence for any future litigation should you chose to file a lawsuit.
- Try to document the removal procedure visually either through photos or video.
- Preserve all removed items carefully including any surrounding tissue.
- Save copies of all medical records including doctor’s reports, medical logs, hospital bills and other invoices.
Contact an Experienced Essure Lawyer
If you or someone you know have suffered serious side effects after using Essure, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Essure lawyers across the country, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file an Essure lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.