Essure Hysterectomy Removal Often Necessary Following Complications
As the product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. continue to review potential Essure procedure lawsuits for women throughout the U.S., the devastating complications women may experience as a result of this controversial form of sterilization are clearly evident, with many women requiring a hysterectomy for Essure removal after experiencing severe pain, infections and allergic reactions.
An Essure procedure involves the insertion of flexible coils into the fallopian tubes, which are designed to cause scar tissue to develop that blocks the tubes and prevents insemination. However, problems with Essure have left many women with serious injuries that greatly impact their overall quality of life.
Have You or a Loved One Required a Hysterectomy to Remove Essure Coils?
In many cases, problems require women to undergo an Essure hysterectomy to remove the coils. However, this procedure is complex enough that some surgeons are offering specialized surgical options in attempt to remove the implant and restore fertility if possible.
The most common procedures used for Essure removal include:
- Total Hysterectomy
- Partial Hysterectomy
- Bi-Lateral Oophorectomy
- Bi-Lateral Salpingectomy
These procedures are often effective, but there are a number of factors that can lead to complications, and in many cases infertility is unavoidable. However, the procedure that can be done often depends on what types of Essure complications a woman is experiencing, and whether she wants fertility restored.
Women nationwide have reported suffering a number of painful and debilitating problems following an Essure procedure resulting in a desire to have the coils removed, including:
- Excessive Bleeding
- Implant Migration
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Perforation of Organs
- Nickel Allergic Reaction
According to data released by the FDA, between November 2002 and May 2015, more than 5,000 adverse event reports involving Essure procedure complications were reported to federal regulators. Most of the complications seem to appear after Essure coils migrated out of position, punctured internal organs or caused severe nickel allergy reactions.
The most common Essure removal procedure is a total hysterectomy, where the uterus and cervix are removed. It can be done abdominally, vaginally, or via laparoscopic surgery. It always results in complete infertility. However, women can also undergo a partial Essure hysterectomy, which removes the uterus abdominally, but leaves the cervix in place. This still results in infertility, however.
Another option is an Oophorectomy, which involves the removal of one ovary. If the other ovary is left intact and the Essure coil is able to be removed somehow, the woman could still be fertile. However, a bi-lateral oophorectomy involves removal of both ovaries, resulting in infertility.
A Salpingectomy is a very similar procedure except it involves removal of a fallopian tube. A bi-lateral salpingectomy involves removal of both tubes, and a salping-oophorectomy involves removal of both fallopian tubes and both ovaries.
In addition, some surgeons are offering their own fixes in order to restore fertility, such as laser surgery to carefully cut the coils out while minimizing damage. However, there is no guarantee that these procedures will restore fertility or even mitigate Essure pain and health problems.
Essure Removal Lawsuits
The attorneys of Saiontz & Kirk, P.A., are investigating potential lawsuits by women who have required removal of Essure coils due to complications and injuries caused by the device. Financial compensation may be available as a result of the manufacturer’s sale of an unreasonably dangerous and defective form of birth control, without providing adequate information for women and the medical community about the potential risks.
All cases are reviewed by our Essure injury attorneys under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket costs to hire our law firm. We only receive an attorney fee or reimbursement of expenses if we are successful obtaining an Essure settlement or recovery in your case.
If you, a loved one, or family member has experienced problems that resulted in the need for an Essure hysterectomy or other removal procedure, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.