Marketed as a nonincisional approach to permanent birth control, the Essure®
procedure involves implanting a coil made from polyester fibers and metals
into each of a woman’s fallopian tubes. Once implanted, body tissue
is supposed to grow in and around the coils thereby creating a barrier
that blocks sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs. While this form
of birth control may have been beneficial for some women, there have been
numerous reports of adverse events associated with Essure®. These
potential side effects can cause serious, long-term health problems and
may require one or more surgical procedures to repair. In order to protect
yourself or your loved one from injury, it is important to be aware of
the risks associated with Essure® before you consider using the device.
Unintended Pregnancy & Miscarriage
For many women, the Essure® device has not prevented pregnancy as it
was marketed and intended to do. Becoming pregnant with the Essure®
device inside of the body can be highly dangerous to both the woman and
her unborn baby. Many women with the Essure® device who have become
pregnant have suffered from dangerous ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages,
and even still births. Not only is this dangerous physically, it can also
result in severe and long-lasting emotional injuries.
Device Migration or Breakage
Once implanted inside the fallopian tubes, the Essure® coils are not
supposed to move. However, in many instances, one or both of the coils
have stretched, bent, and/or broken inside the woman’s body and
migrated away from the original location inside the fallopian tubes. In
fact, Essure® coils have been found inside the pelvis, the abdomen,
and even the liver in some instances. Not only does migration put a woman
at risk for unintended pregnancy, it can also result in dangerous perforation
of other bodily organs requiring one or more surgical procedures to remove.
Some women have been forced to undergo a complete hysterectomy to remove
the Essure® coils.
Nickel Poisoning or Allergies
Allergic reactions are a possible side effect for some women due to the
nickel-titanium used to make the coils. Many women have reported rashes
and hair loss after having the Essure® device implanted inside of
their body. Nickel poisoning can cause extreme illness to some women and
may result in birth defects to a baby should the woman become pregnant
with the Essure® device inside her body. Nickel poisoning can also
lead to a miscarriage. It is imperative that any woman still considering
Essure® for birth control get tested for nickel allergies before undergoing
the procedure. She must also be aware that the nickel related side effects
can occur even if she is not allergic.
Pain & Menstrual Irregularities
There have been countless reports of women who have suffered from menstrual
irregularities and chronic pelvic and/or abdominal pain after having the
Essure® device implanted. These reports include excessive bleeding,
longer periods, or periods not following a regular schedule. Weight fluctuations,
headache, fatigue, depression, and other severe symptoms often accompany
these types of menstrual irregularities.
Houston Essure® Lawyers
Despite the serious and life-altering side effects associated with the
Essure® device, it remains on the market today. In February 2016,
the FDA did order a boxed warning (the highest method of warning) be added
to the Essure® label to heighten awareness of some of the dangerous
risks associated with Essure®. The FDA also ordered that a patient
decision checklist detailing the risks associated with Essure® be
distributed to all women considering the procedure and be signed by them
before undergoing the procedure. If you are considering this procedure,
it is important that you review and understand the risks. If you or someone
you love have already had the device implanted and have been harmed as
a result, you should know that you have options for legal recourse.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our team of
Houston Essure® attorneys understands how difficult it can be to suffer from a product that you
were led to believe would help you. We aim to help you hold the manufacturer
accountable for any damages you may have suffered as a result of the use
of this medical device. Let us help you seek the compensation –
and justice – that you deserve.
To learn more about your potential case, we encourage you to
call our firm today and discuss your rights.