For women implanted with the Essure contraceptive, removal of the device is a complicated procedure that often results in severe health complications and the need for additional surgery.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had problems after an Essure removal procedure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Bayer and our lawyers can help.
Update: Essure Class Action Allowed to Proceed in Philadelphia Court
April 3, 2019 – A federal judge in Philadelphia will allow 6 women who have filed lawsuits against Bayer AG over injuries alleged from its Essure birth control device to proceed with their personal injury claims, and 3 others to pursue breach-of-warranty suits. Bayer had requested partial summary judgment on all 12 plaintiffs involved in the class action, citing statutes of limitations.
Essure Removal Options
Women who wish to have Essure birth control removed have the following surgical options:
Uterine Preserving Surgery (Tubal Anastomosis)
For women who want or need to keep their uterus, tubal anastomosis may be an option. During this procedure, surgeons dissect the fallopian tubes, remove Essure and reconnect the tubes to the uterus. This allows women to reverse sterilization and conceive naturally.
Technique where surgeons cut a small hole in the fallopian tube to remove the Essure coils, leaving the tubes intact. Salpingotomy is not to be confused with salpingectomy, which involves total removal of fallopian tubes.
Sadly, many women who wish to have the Essure contraceptive removed may require a complete hysterectomy. During this procedure, doctors remove the uterus, fallopian tubes and cervix. Some surgeons maintain this minimizes the risk of leaving fragments of the contraceptive in the body.
Recovery times depend on which Essure removal technique was used and how long the contraceptive was implanted in the woman’s body. Outpatient procedures allow women to go home the same day. More invasive procedures such as a hysterectomy will require a longer recovery time. Women who had an outpatient procedure can expect to feel relief from symptoms within days.
Bayer Paid Doctors $2.5 Million to Promote Essure
From 2013 to 2018, Bayer paid doctors millions of dollars to promote Essure over the past 5 years, according to CNN. The payouts are technically legal, but remain highly controversial, as studies have shown that people are more inclined to do what you want if you pay them.
In addition to the problems with Essure removal, complications associated with the device have been reported to include:
- Migration of device outside of Fallopian tubes
- Allergic reactions
- Fracturing of the device
- Perforation of fallopian tubes
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Unwanted pregnancy
Diagnosing these Problems
Not all doctors are familiar with the Essure birth control device and the complications it allegedly causes. This is why it is important to find a gynecologist, urogynecologist or pelvic surgery specialist who has experience with Essure.
Essure Study Receives New FDA Protocol
December 20, 2018 – FDA on Thursday issued an update on new steps to revise Bayer’s post-marketing study of its Essure birth control device, to ensure that accurate long-term safety data is collected following removal of the IUD from the U.S. marketplace. The trial will now follow women who were implanted with Essure for 5 years instead of the initially requested 3, giving the FDA “longer-term information on adverse risks of the device, including issues that may lead women to have the device removed.”
Do I Have an Essure Removal Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Essure removal lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered complications after Essure removal surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a class action suit and we can help.