According to Bayer, manufacturer of the device, the Essure procedure is the only permanent birth control available that does not require surgery. The device does not release hormones and the company says it is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. However, recent studies have uncovered safety concerns with the device.
The implant works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. It is inserted via the natural pathways of a woman’s vagina and cervix, eliminating the need for surgery. The insert is made of a nickel-titanium alloy, similar to materials used in heart stents and other medical devices. The Essure implant is designed to bend and conform to the shape of the woman’s body while remaining firmly in place. Over time, the insert creates a natural barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the eggs. Because the barrier takes time to form, another type of birth control must be used until the doctor determines it is safe to use only Essure as birth control.
A recent study found that women who had the procedure were ten times more likely to require a second surgery than women who chose laparoscopy to tie their fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. The surgery required after Essure is often more complicated than laparoscopic tube tying, the researchers found. The second surgeries were due to the implant breaking off and puncturing the fallopian tube. In addition, the study found that, although the devices can be implanted without the use of general anesthesia, most women were given anesthesia before the procedure. Some of these complications have resulted in injuries so severe, women have filed an Essure lawsuit.
Other studies have found that a significant number of women are reporting allergic reactions to the Essure implant. Once placed inside the body, the implant releases small amounts of nickel which has led to allergic reactions. Symptoms of allergic reactions included rash, itching and hives. There have also been reports of chronic pelvic pain and migration of the implant into the lower abdomen or pelvis.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury after having Essure inserted, contact Lundy Law to learn whether you are eligible for an Essure lawsuit. You can arrange for your initial, no obligation consultation by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or completing the query form on our website.