Essure is a hysteroscopic sterilization procedure, a type of tubal sterilization that does not require an incision. If a woman undergoes the Essure birth control procedure, a soft metal spring-like device wound with synthetic fibers is implanted in her fallopian tubes. The fibers are used to encourage the surrounding tissue to adhere to the device, ultimately creating a barrier of scar tissue intended to block sperm from reaching the eggs.
When you chose to undergo a permanent birth control procedure, you likely do so in full faith that it will result in a safe and effective means of preventing pregnancy. What you might not have known is that procedures involving permanent fallopian tube implants such as Essure® have reportedly caused a host of serious side effects and complications in thousands of women ranging from chronic pelvic pain to even death. Reports of severe complications following the Essure procedure include:
- Additional surgeries, including hysterectomy to remove the device and repair internal organs;
- Autoimmune response to the device, including fatigue, rashes, hair loss and weight gain;
- Chronic pelvic pain;
- Fetal Death;
- Life-threatening ectopic pregnancy;
- Migration of the device or a device component (in some cases, the device may even ‘disappear’ in the body, becoming undetectable even through standard scanning);
- Expulsion of the device;
- Perforation or tear of pelvic organs, including uterus or colon; and
- Severe migraines and allergic reactions to the device or device components.
On November 14, 2016, the FDA announced that it would require a new “black box” warning informing consumers of the risks associated with the Essure device. On April 9, 2018, the FDA went a step further requiring patients to sign a document confirming that they received information detailing the risks before being implanted with the device. That was the final nail in the coffin for Essure. On July 20, 2018, Bayer announced it would stop selling Essure in the United States.
If you believe that Essure caused your complications, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the damage caused by the product. The first step is to contact Langston & Lott at 662-728-9733 and speak to our legal team or complete our free case evaluation form by clicking here and someone from our legal team will contact you regarding your case.