Essure was developed and promoted as a non-surgical form of permanent birth control. First approved by the FDA in 2002, it was marketed as a “non-surgical, worry free” alternative to traditional tubal ligation.
Essure consists of two small “plugs” made of a nickel-titanium alloy and stainless steel, wrapped in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibers. These plugs are inserted by a physician into a woman’s fallopian tubes, where the tissue is supposed to grow around them, creating permanent obstructions in the tubes, preventing pregnancy.
Since 2002, the FDA has received some 10,000 reports of serious side effects, including death and fetal death (a tragic result of device migration) among women who were implanted with Essure. Other serious effects reported include:
- Perforation or tear of the uterus, fallopian tubes, colon and other organs
- Additional surgeries, including hysterectomy, to remove the defective device
- Ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage
- Allergic reactions
- Autoimmune response including hair or tooth loss, chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, heavy
menses, and others
FDA orders Bayer, the maker of Essure, to conduct safety studies
In early 2016, the FDA finally ordered Bayer to “undertake new safety studies to obtain more information of the benefits and risks of Essure.” Seattle attorney Corrie Yackulic supports this action, though she notes that for the thousands of women who have already suffered as a result of Essure, this may be too little, too late. According to Corrie, “Most people don’t know that FDA reporting of deaths and serious injuries from devices like Essure is voluntary. It is impossible to know how many unreported incidents there have been.”
Corrie has represented Pacific Northwest women and their surviving family members who have brought serious injury or wrongful death claims as a result of dangerous medical devices and drugs, including Yasmin & YAZ, transvaginal mesh products, SSRI antidepressants, hip implants, and others.
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Women who have sustained injury as a result of Essure should feel comfortable contacting Corrie Yackulic Law (www.cjylaw.com) at (206) 787-1915. You will speak to a woman who is knowledgeable about the device and the litigation, and who cares about your situation. Throughout the process, you will be treated with respect and compassion.
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