Essure Birth Control HysterectomyWomen who get Essure often require a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus) to treat complications like chronic pain, inflammation, heavy bleeding, and more.

Do I have an Essure Birth Control Lawsuit? If you or a loved one needed a hysterectomy to remove Essure, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.

Essure Birth Control

Essure birth control is the only non-surgical sterilization device on the market. It looks like a plastic tube surrounded by two metal coils, coated in irritating fibers of polyester. The device is implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes, where the fibers cause inflammation, scar-tissue growth, and blockage of the fallopian tubes after several months.

Essure Problems

The FDA has received over 5,000 reports of women who had problems with Essure, including severe pain, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders, organ damage, uterine perforations, and more. Often the only cure is a total hysterectomy.

Because Essure is designed to become permanently embedded in a woman’s uterine tissues, it cannot be removed the same way it was inserted. When it causes complications, often the only treatment is a hysterectomy.

The New York Times spoke to Lisa Saenz, a 38 year-old woman who was implanted with Essure in 2008. She suffered through six years of debilitating complications before having a hysterectomy:

“She developed an endless series of problems, from excessive, painful menstrual bleeding that lasted 10 to 15 days a month to extreme fatigue and painful intercourse. … Ms. Saenz finally had a hysterectomy last year, and after her uterus was removed, the surgeon and pathologist told her that an Essure coil was embedded in the organ and that scar tissue had grown all around it.”

What is a Hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical removal of a woman’s uterus (also known as the womb), and sometimes also the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and cervix. Hysterectomies can be performed abdominally, vaginally, or laparoscopically. More than 600,000 women get a hysterectomy in the United States every year, making it the most common gynecologic procedure.

Hysterectomy Risks

Vaginal hysterectomy generally causes fewer complications than abdominal or laparoscopic hysterectomy. However, all hysterectomies can cause major side effects, including heavy blood loss, bowel or bladder injury, blood clots, pulmonary embolism, anesthesia complications, nerve damage, hematoma (blood at the surgical site), infection, and even death.

Essure Birth Control Hysterectomy

In September 2015, the FDA published a report (PDF) on safety issues associated with Essure birth control.

The FDA noted multiple case reports of women who had a hysterectomy to treat complications like chronic pain. Most of the reports noted that pain resolved “immediately” or within several weeks after removing Essure.

The FDA also reviewed 265 reports of women who had a hysterectomy to remove Essure, and concluded:

“The majority of the hysterectomy removals were related to device removal due to perforation and migration issues. The device removals related to allergy / hypersensitivity symptoms were nearly evenly split between hysterectomy and non-hysterectomy removal.”

Woman Dies from Hysterectomy to Remove Essure

The FDA also reported four deaths linked to Essure, including one woman who died 13 days after getting a hysterectomy to remove Essure. Her death was likely caused by a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) — a rare but deadly side effect of a hysterectomy.

Common Reasons for Essure Hysterectomy

  • Nickel allergy / hypersensitivity
  • Migration of device outside of fallopian tubes
  • Chronic Pain
  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Fracturing of the device
  • Perforation of fallopian tubes
  • Organ damage
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • And more

Do I have an Essure Lawsuit?

The Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Free Essure Birth Control Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one needed a hysterectomy to remove Essure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit, and our lawyers can help.

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