The Essure Contraceptive Device is a medical device touted as the only nonsurgical sterilization device. This solution seems appealing for many women seeking permanent sterilization without the risk of surgery. Now, after thousands of complaints, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is under increasing pressure to ban the device. Over 5,000 formal complaints have been filed with the FDA regarding women who experienced harmful complications from the Essure device. There have been nine total deaths related to the device, four adults and five unborn fetus’, all of which involved a pregnancy that the Essure device was intended to prevent.
Congressional Leaders Introducing the E-Free Act
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) is introducing a bill to ban the Essure device from the market. He cites over 22,000 women who have come forward on Facebook alone to report harmful complications and side effects resulting from the Essure Sterilization device. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) also penned a letter to the FDA contending that Essure’s risks outweigh potential benefits and asked that the product be withdrawn from the market.
Complications and Side Effects of the Essure Device
- Metal allergies (to the device’s coil)
- Coil migration (into the fallopian tube)
- Perforation of the fallopian tube
- Perforation of the uterus
- Cramping, Bleeding
- Nausea, Vomiting
- Ectopic (unusual) pregnancy
- Pelvic pain
- Back pain
Surgery Usually Required To Treat Complications of Essure
Ironically, surgery is often required to correct the damage done by a medical device intended to avoid surgery. Such is the case with the Essure device, as many of the women who suffer serious injury with the implanted device end up requiring a complete hysterectomy to reverse the injuries suffered. Sometimes, even that is not enough, sometimes, the injuries sustained from this defective medical device are permanent.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation If You Have Been Injured By An Essure Device
As a Louisiana injury law firm that handles defective medical device claims and pharmaceutical litigation, we meet far too many people who were injured by a medical device that was marketed deceptively – you deserve to know the risks involved before you agree to a device. Our law firm believes you should be compensated for injuries sustained by a dangerous or defective medical product, like the Essure contraceptive device. If you have been implanted with an Essure device, you may be eligible for compensation for any injuries or complications sustained as a result of that device. Get your free consultation today to discuss your legal rights.