Netflix, the streaming service that first became a household name for its mail-order DVD rental service, has recently become known for its original programming. From original TV series to movies to documentaries, Netflix has something for everyone. In a hard-hitting documentary titled “The Bleeding Edge,” the streaming service is now tackling the world of dangerous medical devices. The industry, which is a multi-billion dollar annual trade, is not without its risks. Unfortunately for most patients, those risks come with an untold amount of pain and suffering as they seek out solutions, both medical and financial, for the dangerous devices they had implanted. Med Truth reports on the documentary.
The documentary film takes viewers into the daily lives of people who have had complications with Essure birth control, vaginal mesh, and metal hip implants.
The primary focus of the film is Essure, a permanent birth control device for women who wanted an easier, non-surgical method of sterilization. Introduced in 2002, Essure was marketed as a permanent birth control procedure that required no anesthesia and no surgical incisions.
The filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering follow an Essure patient, 45-year-old Angie Firmalino. Firmalino had Essure implanted and shortly afterward, began to suffer from complications that were life-altering. She began to research Essure and came across other women who were experiencing similar symptoms.
They experienced weight gain, sharp pains, and bleeding, among other on-going issues. She became the leader of a campaign called “Essure Problems” which connects some 35,000 women experiencing the negative side-effects from the device.
For many women, the Essure coils had fractured or migrated, in some cases becoming untraceable and irremovable. Some women even had additional coils implanting after the first implant failed.
Even more eye-opening was the fact that despite the fact that Essure was supposed to be permanent, some women were still becoming pregnant. More than 800 failed pregnancies were directly related to the implant.
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