December 08, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Essure was marketed to women as a permanent form of birth control that is less invasive than having their fallopian tubes tied. However, a number of women have reported that they suffered painful side effects after having the device implanted. In late 2013, the Food and Drug Administration, the federal agency responsible for approving medical devices as safe for use, received a report that a woman's death may have resulted from the Essure device she had implanted. People should be aware of the dangers associated with this medical device.
Dangerous side effects
Essure has been approved for use in the U.S. since November 2004. When an Essure device is implanted, a doctor inserts nickel coils inside a woman's fallopian tubes, and scar tissue eventually forms around the coils and blocks the tubes, preventing conception.
Since its approval date through October 25, 2013, the FDA has received 943 adverse event reports from women who reported they had suffered side effects as a result of having an Essure device implanted. Some of the symptoms women reported included:
- Abdominal pain.
- Extreme bloating.
- Severe rashes.
- Menstrual irregularity.
- Device migration.
- Device malfunction
- Devices puncturing fallopian tubes.
The pain from the device was so intense for some of the women that they reported getting hysterectomies to make it stop.
Patient death linked to Essure
One of the most startling reports that the FDA received involved a woman's death, which may have been linked to her Essure implant. The woman went to an emergency room
complaining of extreme abdominal pain. A doctor examined her and found that her cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes were necrotic, meaning the tissue in all of these areas was dead. The woman also tested positive for a strep infection. The woman passed away from renal failure, which the physician attributed to the strep infection.
Speak with an attorney
Medical devices that are intended to help people sometimes end up causing harm. When people suffer adverse effects from medical devices, the companies that profit from the manufacture and sale of those devices need to remedy the harm they cause. Victims of defective medical devices have rights, and they should be aware of those rights. If you have been injured because of a defective medical device, talk to a skilled defective device lawyer with a history of successfully recovering compensation for victims of defective medical devices.
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