Bayer Pharmaceuticals has announced that they will no longer support the sale of the Essure Implant for hysteroscopic sterilization as of the end of 2018. While the official statement is one of finances, many women across the US and internationally have presented with a myriad of post-Essure problems.
These problems range from chronic pain to heavy bleeding to inflammatory and autoimmune disease states.
While there is no official link in the evidence-based literature, it is alarming to see so many women come forward with Gynecologic problems after placement of this device.
Essure was originally approved internationally and then in the United States as a Minimally Invasive Hysteroscopic permanent method of contraception. Gynecologists and their patients were very excited about the idea of a noninvasive FDA approved procedure requiring NO incisions and allowing for a speedy recovery.
The procedure became extremely popular, and the company (Conceptus) was eventually acquired by Bayer.
When Essure was approved for use in humans by the FDA, physicians assumed that safety and long-term issues had been carefully assessed.
Unfortunately, for thousands of women, this was simply not true.
From poor placement to placement of multiple implants, including migration of implants, perforation of the Fallopian tube, and systemic reactions to the devices, thousands of women have now presented to their doctors with complaints that previously had not been associated with the devices.
Clearly, removing the devices sounds like the logical solution for women negatively impacted by the devices, but removal is NOT a simple process. When the Essure implant is not carefully removed by an expert, there is concern that the PET (polyethylene terephthalate fibers) and Nickel alloy can fragment off of the device and cause worsening systemic inflammation or reaction.
For this reason, we recommend seeing an expert Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon for evaluation.
At Pearl Women’s Center, we have developed a comprehensive protocol for assessment and removal of Essure devices.
Our Essure removal process is as follows:
If you want to explore your options related to an Essure removal procedure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Rosenfield at Pearl Women’s Center in Portland, Oregon. Pearl Women’s Center is an elite women’s health practice serving patients in Oregon, Washington, Northern California, Idaho, Alaska, and beyond.