As an Essure victim, you may want to learn a short history of Essure procedures. First you should know that Essure procedures began soon after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use of the birth control implant device on Nov. 4, 2002.
Essure was approved as a non-surgical birth control device which could be implanted in a procedure that was supposed to be minimally invasive.
The Essure procedure could be performed in a physician’s office without use of anesthesia and without an incision being made through the abdomen. (However, some women have suffered pain during the procedure.) The fact that Essure involved non-surgical implanting was a marketing and selling point in its campaign for sales.
As for what is the Essure procedure, it involves inserting tiny, flexible “micro-inserts” into a woman’s fallopian tubes by means of a catheter passed via the vagina, cervix and uterus.
The 4-centimeter micro-insert has polyethylene (PET) fibers which are intended to produce severe inflammation. This in turn will produce scarring or occlusion to block the tubes fully and permanently, preventing sperm from reaching an egg.
The process happens by means of an expanding stainless steel inner coil and a nickel titanium outer coil which expand and anchor in the fallopian tubes.There, over about three months time, the PET fibers cause inflammation which can prevent fertilization.
Up until that has occurred, alternative birth control methods are advised.
Though Essure was marketed for its ease of implantation, implanting the Essure device with a disposable delivery system is more demanding than many gynecologists or physicians have been able to manage. Multiple attempts may have to be made without properly inserting the implant, and even then an Essure implant can migrate to other tissues or organs, causing injury.
Unfortunately, such hit-and-miss Essure procedures with a defective medical device have led to a variety of often debilitating Essure procedure side effects. These can include having a pregnancy despite the fact that the entire purpose of an Essure device is to prevent pregnancy.
Women also have suffered miscarriages and ectopic pregnancy due to Essure, as well as chronic pain, difficult periods, fever, fainting spells, rashes, bloating, pelvic pain and injuries requiring multiple hospitalizations and even hysterectomy.
Some women also turn out to be allergic to the nickel in the implant.
These and many more harmful Essure side effects can be the basis for a future Essure lawsuit against the defective device’s negligent manufacturer and seller, Bayer.
Please alert us at the Willis Law Firm today of your Essure procedure injury and its health consequences. You may be entitled to substantial economic recovery for your medical and hospital expenses, your pain, your suffering and your lost present and future wages or salary due to the defective device and the injury it caused.
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