Take a Stand with an Essure Lawsuit
If you or your loved one has had an Essure device implanted, life may have been flipped upside down since the procedure. It is important to stay up to date and seek counsel from lawyers who are familiar with both the medical and legal implications surrounding this defective device. Essure has been implanted in over 750,000 women and a large number of those have been coming forth with reports of horrendous unexpected side effects. The awareness for the problems with Essure is growing rapidly.
However, awareness has not been the result of education from the medical industry in the case of Essure. Instead, social media networks have led the charge in identifying affected individuals. In April of 2018, a documentary called the “Bleeding Edge” was released on Netflix. These modern methods of dissemination of information have allowed the tens of thousands of women (almost a hundred thousand) to discover they are not alone.
If you have experienced complications due to your Essure device, contact us online or by phone at (718) 624-1211 to schedule a consultation at our Brooklyn, NY, office to find out whether you may be eligible for compensation. Our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys can help you pursue an Essure lawsuit.
This small device consists of small coils and is intended to achieve permanent sterilization.
What Is Essure?
Many mothers in their late 30s and 40s decide they had enough children. They often then seek advice from their OB/Gyn regarding permanent birth control options. Starting in 2002, OB/Gyn’s began speaking to such patients about a new birth control device called Essure. They were told it could be placed right in the office and that the women could go to work right the next day. The product was recommended as the ideal option for these women.
Essure is a permanent sterilization device. It is made out of 4 cm coils. It’s inserted through the uterus and placed inside of the fallopian tubes. It is intentionally designed to cause an inflammatory response which generates scar tissue. The scar tissue closes off the fallopian tubes permanently, blocking the sperm and the egg from meeting, therefore preventing pregnancy.
According to Bayer’s most recent financial reports, there are more than 16,000 lawsuits in both federal and state courts across the United States.
During the procedure, the Essure device is threaded through an introducer while the physician holds the hysteroscope. The Essure is threaded into the fallopian tube.
Advertised Benefits of Essure
Essure was originally designed by Conceptus which was acquired by Bayer in 2013 for approximately 1 billion dollars.
It was marketed as a better choice than the traditional tubal ligation because it did not require any incisions, and, because there are no incisions, the procedure does not leave any scars. The short discharge time was also advertised.
Women Begin to Experience Negative Side Effects
The women were told the procedure would be painless. However, in many cases, as soon as they stepped out of the doctor’s office, they began experiencing cramping pain. This was followed by heavier menstrual bleeding during the following weeks.
When they contacted their physicians about these symptoms, they were met by skepticism and disbelief. Many of these women report they were simply assured that Essure would not cause these symptoms because it is just a small coil. Many of them experienced fevers and pain following the procedure.
However, we now know Essure devices can trigger women’s immune systems, leading to systemic inflammatory responses akin to autoimmune disease. In fact, Bayer later admitted this. Women developed a type of connective tissue disorder. Some have described joint pain discovered to be inflammatory arthritis. The entire body’s immune system can be set off by the complex foreign materials which make up Essure. If you think about it, that makes sense given what the purpose of Essure is - cause inflammation.
Some women’s Essure devices dislodged out of the fallopian tubes and ended in the uterus. These had to be removed in an additional procedure and the women were informed they should begin feeling better. However, some experienced continued bleeding and recurrence of symptoms. Others experienced dangerous hemorrhages with blood clots. Many women experience severe headaches.
These symptoms often worsened. Severe pain forces many to present for repeated hospitalizations. Some lose consciousness due to the severity of the pain. Many are unable to work and struggle to take care of their children.
Doctors attempted to remove the Essure devices from these women only to find out that the device breaks up into tiny fibers. These women were therefore recommended to undergo hysterectomies. The surgeries could necessitate revision surgeries to repair the vaginal cuff.
Some report having to wear diapers due to incontinence as well as sexual dysfunction. Their relationships are understandably strained due to this if they last at all. Many Hispanic women report their symptoms were dismissed by providers as being attributable to their “Latin heritage,” which is associated with “heavy periods.” These are women who were completely healthy prior to the placement of Essure, leading normal and active lives.