Essure offers many women a form of permanent birth control that does not involve surgery. This medical device, made by Bayer, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2002. Since then tens of thousands of serious injuries have been reported and several lawsuits have been filed.
How Essure Works
Essure is a metal coil that is implanted in a woman’s fallopian tube during a doctor’s office visit. It is an alternative to tubal ligation that does not require anesthesia or recovery time. Once a metal coil is placed in each fallopian tube, scar tissue is supposed to form around the coil; this is reportedly more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The device is often marketed to women as being effective, fast, easy—and safe.
But Serious Essure Side Effects Have Occurred
Despite the assertions of Essure’s manufacturer, many women have reportedly been injured by this product. Some of the more serious side effects include:
- Perforation of the uterus.
- Device migration.
- Reaction to metal.
- Ongoing pain.
- Autoimmune issues such as joint pain and fatigue.
It is difficult to perform an Essure reversal procedure. Such procedures require surgery and often require hysterectomies.
Hundreds of lawsuits alleging plaintiffs’ injuries from Essure have been filed against Bayer. For example, in December 2016 a woman who delivered a stillborn baby after having an Essure implant filed a lawsuit alleging, in part, that Bayer “concealed and mispresented” the dangers of Essure. Earlier in December, a judge denied Bayer’s motion to dismiss an Essure lawsuit in a different jurisdiction and allowed 32 women allegedly injured by Essure to continue their claims.
If you have been hurt by Essure or if you have suffered any other specific drug injury, then it is important to know your rights. You may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Our experienced attorneys work hard to get people injured by prescription drugs the fair recoveries that they deserve. Please contact us any time—any day of the year—for more information.