In 2018, Bayer announced that they would stop selling Essure by the end of the year. Even though Essure is no longer on the market, it does not erase the devastating side effects that many women who have had, or currently have the device implanted, have suffered.
If you or a loved one has experienced complications and/or side effects after having Essure implanted, it’s in your best interest to consult an Essure lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation. Continue reading to learn more about Essure.
What Is Essure?
Essure is a permanent birth control device that was created to prevent pregnancy. According to Bayer, the device is 99 percent effective. Surgical incisions nor anesthesia are required to have Essure placed internally. The entire implantation procedure takes about 36 minutes and can be done at your doctor’s office.
How Does it Work?
Essure is made up of flexible coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes, which carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. The coils were created to conform to a woman’s body shape, and do not contain any form of hormones. Over the course of three months, scar tissue builds a barrier around the coils, preventing sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs and, ultimately, blocking conception.
The device is intended to be permanent, so Essure was designed for women who are certain they don’t want children in the future.
The History of Essure
Essure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and was bought by pharmaceutical giant, Bayer, in 2013.
Since then, the device has been used by thousands of women who trusted the company to provide a safe birth control option. However, Essure has caused numerous side effects and complications for many women.
In 2018, Netflix released a documentary entitled “The Bleeding Edge,” which explores the problems present in the medical device industry. In the documentary, some of the women who have been negatively impacted by Essure shared their stories.
Not long after the documentary was released, the FDA placed a restriction on the sales of the birth control device and it was eventually discontinued in 2018. Before Essure was taken off the market, Bayer sold over one million devices.
Common Side Effects and Complications
Some women who have used Essure as their means of birth control have reported the following complications:
These are just some of the complications and side effects that women have experienced after having the device implanted.
Is Essure Removable?
While Essure was intended to be a permanent device, you can have the coils removed. However, unlike the implantation of Essure, removal does require a surgical procedure that, in some cases, may involve more than one surgery.
There are several different ways that Essure can be removed. It’s important to remember that, if you decide to have the device removed, your chances of becoming pregnant are only 35 to 40 percent.
Drug Watch shared the following removal options for women who would like to have the device removed and/or reversed:
A salpingotomy is a procedure where surgeons cut a small hole in the fallopian tube to remove the Essure coils, but the tubes remain intact.
According to Bayer’s Physician Training Manual, it is recommended that physicians use this procedure or cornual resection to remove the device. However, cornual resection removes a part of the uterus.
In some cases, women who have Essure may have to have a complete hysterectomy. A hysterectomy involves removing the uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes. The surgery can be completed through the vagina or the abdomen with laparoscopic surgery.
Uterine Preserving Surgery
Women may need or want to have the device removed but keep their uterus. In these cases, a doctor can perform a tubal anastomosis. This procedure involves dissecting the fallopian tubes in order to remove the device. After removal, the doctor reconnects the tubes back to the uterus.
Experiencing Complications? What Are the Next Steps?
If you are currently experiencing any side effects that you believe may be connected to Essure, it’s imperative to seek medical attention, immediately. A medical professional can determine whether or not your complications are a result of the device and provide any necessary treatment.
Many women who have experienced injuries due to Essure are filing lawsuits against Bayer. Over 17,000 lawsuits have been filed against the corporation.
If you have suffered side effects as a direct result of the Essure device, you may have legal options. It is in your best interest to consult an experienced Essure lawyer to determine if you’re entitled to compensation.
Contact Jim Glaser Law to Discuss Your Legal Options
Jim Glaser Law, a personal injury law firm in Massachusetts, is dedicated to helping injured victims receive the justice they deserve. We believe companies that promote harmful products to consumers should be held legally responsible for their negligent actions.
Fighting against large corporations, such as Bayer, is challenging and often time-consuming. If you or a loved one has experienced side effects or complications from an Essure implant, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. You deserve to be compensated for the pain you were forced to endure.
Compensation can help cover expenses including medical bills and lost wages. In order to determine how much compensation you may be entitled to receive, an attorney will need to review the circumstances of your case.
Any amount you may be awarded will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact that Essure has had on your life.