What are the Risks Associated with Surgery to Remove Mirena IUD Birth Control?
In many cases, women have experienced severe problems where their Mirena IUD perforated the uterine wall, which may allow the device to migrate outside the uterus, damage surrounding organs or cause severe infection. This often results in the need for the Mirena IUD to be removed, sometimes requiring emergency surgery.
Although Bayer Healthcare has promoted Mirena as a safe and easily reversible form of long-acting birth control, which can remain in place for up to 5 years, complications associated with surgery to remove an embedded Mirena IUD from the uterus can carry substantial risks and result in permanent injury.
Lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer accepting new cases for Mirena IUD perforation/removal. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.
Complications from a Mirena birth control may also result in a dangerous build up of fluid pressure around the brain, which could result in the need to remove the IUD. Mirena pseudotumor cerebri lawsuits are being evaluated for women who were left with severe headaches, vision problems and other side effects caused by damage to the optic nerve.
Mirena IUD Surgical Retrieval and Treatment
The Mirena is a T-shaped device implanted that is implanted in the uterus and coated with birth control drugs to prevent pregnancy. However, women may be left with severe and debilitating injuries that require Mirena to be removed if:
- Fluid Pressure Develops in the Skull from PTC/IH on Mirena
- Mirena Perforates the Uterine Wall
- Mirena Moves Out of Place and Migrates To Other Parts of the Body
- Infections Develop from Mirena
Mirena is supposed to be easily removable, with the doctor locating the guide strings that lead from the cervix to the Mirena IUD. However, a growing number of women are reporting problems where they have gone to their doctor after experiencing pain or discomfort, only to discover that the Mirena has migrated away from the original implant site. In cases where the Mirena has moved and punctured the uterus, surgical removal is often necessary, exposing the patient to the risk of further organ damage and infection.
Missing Mirena IUD strings are often one of the first signs that there the device has moved or perforated the uterus. If severe abdominal pain or abnormal vaginal bleeding develops, doctors will often consider the possibility that the Mirena IUD perforated the uterus.
In some cases it is necessary for the Mirena IUD to be located through the use of x-rays, ultrasonography or a pelvic MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). A diagnostic laparoscopy may be performed to identify the exact location of the IUD and remove it.
If the Mirena IUD is seen within the uterus on imaging exams, ultrasound guided removal or an operative hysterectomy may be necessary to remove the device.
If the IUD is not seen within the uterus, x-rays of the abdomen and pelvis are often recommended, with 2 to 3 different views often obtained for optimal localization. In some cases, a CT scan or MRI may be necessary to located a Mirena IUD that has completely perforated the uterus.
Find Out if Compensation is Available for a Removed Mirena IUD
Prompt diagnosis of Mirena IUD displacement is important to reduce the risk of severe complications and long-term injury that may result. As a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately warn about the Mirena IUD risks, many women have suffered severe injury and complications that may have been avoided with earlier detection.
According to allegations raised in many product liability lawsuits filed in courts throughout the country, Bayer Healthcare failed to adequately warn about the risk of perforations that may develop months or even years after Mirena is inserted. This not only prevented women from making an informed decision about whether to have the IUD implanted but delayed the diagnosis of the Mirena problems.
The Mirena lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer reviewing potential cases for women who required removal due to perforation or migration injuries. However, additional claims are being evaluated for women diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri (PTC).