Hundreds of women who have been implanted with the non-surgical, permanent birth control device Essure and suffered problems can only find relief by having the device surgically removed. For those considering Essure removal, the Facebook group Essure Problems has some advice.
“For the most up-to-date information we have on Essure removal, please come to our Facebook page, Essure Problems, and go to our file called Essure Removal Information. We add info from our doctors as we get it. We also update the most recent manufacturer information on removal as they change and add to it,” the page administrator offers.
Essure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and remains the only non-surgical, permanent birth control method available in the U.S. The device consists of two nickel alloy coils that are implanted in each of the fallopian tubes. The coils work with the body to create a scar tissue barrier in the fallopian tubes that prevent the sperm from reaching the egg, thus preventing pregnancy.
Since its approval, hundreds of complaints have been filed with the FDA and on social media sites like Essure Problems citing problems blamed on the device, including allergic reactions, autoimmune diseases, pain and infections. The devices can also migrate from their intended positions and perforate the fallopian tubes or uterine wall, or embed in other organs. Removal requires surgeries, including hysterectomies.
Dr. Shawn Tassone, like several doctors, posted to the Essure Problems page with a message for women considering Essure removal:
“I feel the need to post because I am seeing some crazy things out there and with my experience in removing these things I want you guys to have the upper hand so you can get the things removed. Not only am I removing them at an alarming rate, but I am reviewing legal cases across the country and I am seeing my colleagues (well meaning) doing some crazy things to remove these things that are causing more injury.
“In reviewing cases I am seeing many sad things being done…. Point is this, have someone take the coils out who knows what they are doing or educate them before you have it done. Stand up for your rights as a patient and find someone you are comfortable with. If you have a legal case find an attorney who has a physician reviewing the records who has experience with the coils not a nurse that is unfamiliar with things.
“Finally, don’t stop fighting because the winds are a changing and I have seen three docs close to me stop placing them and some of these docs are referring patients to me for removal. ONWARD! ”
Source: Facebook – Essure Problems