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If you received the Essure device and suffered serious injuries and complications, you may be entitled to file an Essure IUD lawsuit that holds the manufacturer responsible for the injuries you suffered and the losses you incurred because of those injuries.
Non-Surgical Sterilization and More
Essure is two small coils that are implanted into the fallopian tubes. The coils cause an inflammatory response that causes scar tissue to form around the coils to block sperm. It is made from a nickel alloy so women who are allergic to nickel may have a reaction to the device.
The Essure device can be implanted right in your doctor’s office without you having to be put under general anesthesia. Your doctor can simply slide a small tube through the cervix to the fallopian tubes then slide the coils through the tube for permanent placement.
While the device is effective at preventing pregnancy, studies have shown that women who receive the device are 10-times more likely to have to undergo unplanned surgeries to resolve complications than women who underwent surgical sterilization. Some of the adverse events and complications that the device is associated with include:
- Abnormal weight gain
- Brain fog or cognitive issues
- Debilitating fatigue
- Depression and thoughts of suicide
- Device breakage and migration
- Hysterectomy due to complications
- Infant death
- Pain and heavy bleeding
- Perforation of the fallopian tubes
- Removal of the fallopian tubes due to severe complications
- Uterine perforation
After receiving thousands of complaints of injuries, adverse events and unexpected complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration restricted the sale of the device to medical facilities that provide patients with an information booklet and get a signed acknowledgment from the patient. This restriction was issued as a way to ensure that women who were considering being implanted with Essure understood the risks and dangers prior to receiving the device.
Bayer Pulls Essure From U.S. Market
Citing declining sales, Essure manufacturer Bayer announced that it would no longer sell the device in the U.S. after 2018. Women across the country celebrated the decision to pull Essure from the market saying the risks and dangers of the device far outweighed the benefits. Interestingly, the United States is the only country where the device is still being sold.
Essure Injury Lawsuits
Despite Bayer’s move to stop selling Essure, the company will have to defend itself and its product in more than 16,000 lawsuits filed on behalf of women or their families in federal and state courts across the country.
Any women who suffered adverse events and serious complications from the permanent birth control device Essure may be eligible to seek compensation for their injuries and for the losses they incurred. But you must act before the statute of limitations runs out for your case, after which time you will be barred from bringing a claim. If you or a woman you know suffered serious injury or complications after being implanted with the Essure IUD device, contact us now. We can help.