Essure Removal or Reversal
What is Essure?
Essure is a form of permanent sterilization. During this procedure, metal coils are placed partially into the fallopian tubes. This leads to scarring over the coils that causes tubal blockage. Some physicians feel that in the face of an adverse effect, the only way to remove the device is a hysterectomy. This is not true. The Essure device can be removed from the fallopian tube via either a hysteroscopic or laparoscopic approach. However, pregnancy can generally be achieved only with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and in many cases, Essure removal is not always indicated even when planning IVF.
Why Remove Essure?
Why should you have your Essure removed? Essure has been on the market since 2002; however, through May 2015, the FDA has received 5,093 reports of adverse effects related to Essure. These include chronic pelvic pain, painful periods, constitutional symptoms (rashes, joint pain, hair loss, weight changes), and a small amount of deaths that may, or may not, be associated with the device. The cause of these effects has been related to incorrect placement or migration of the device or allergies to the nickel that is located around the coils.
What should you do?
Are you having problems with your Essure or do you want to try expand your family? This is a complicated procedure that should be performed by a skilled surgeon. Call us today to schedule an appointment to see if you’re a candidate for Essure Reversal/Removal! (865) 777-0088.