Two Atlanta women who opted for the permanent birth control option Essure are now coming forward to speak out about how the device is responsible for debilitating pain for them.
For Holly Bruce and April Langley, the complications caused by the Essure device has been the root cause for their suffering from pelvic and lower back pain, cramping and other odd illnesses after having the Essure micro-coil inserted into their fallopian tubes as a lower cost alternative to tubal ligation surgery.
“I know my body and something was wrong,” Holly Bruce said.
“I was miserable. It was hard to function,” April Langley said.
Langley said that she kept getting worse even after repeated doctor’s visits. For, Bruce, the constant doctor’s visits and being unable to function got old to her and to her family.
Both women then heard about Dr. Bill Greene at Lakeshore Surgical Center in Gainesville and how they could have the Essure micro coils removed without the need to have a hysterectomy. This procedure of removing the device is one that few physicians perform for patients.
Dr. Greene receives phone calls from women who have been told that hysterectomy is the only answer and says that such a procedure is, “…dangerous even in a healthy woman. It quickly became apparent that when you take out these devices out the symptoms go away,” Greene said.
Some doctors are convinced that because the Essure micro-coil contains nickel, women who have an allergy to nickel are more likely to have negative reactions. Statistics show 1 in 10 women are allergic to the metal. The FDA does not require nickel testing before having the Essure procedure.
Greene feels that there should be a mandatory test for an allergy to nickel before the device is implanted.
Both Holly Bruce and April Langley had the Essure micro-coil’s removed from their bodies and both noticed immediate results. Having the device removed is not inexpensive, either. Currently, the procedure to remove the permanent birth control device is approximately $4,500 out of pocket.
The FDA is currently monitoring the situation regarding Essure and has currently received over 900 complaints. Bayer maintains that the device is considered safe, though no birth control is completely without risk.
If you or a loved one has suffered complications such as these after Essure implants, contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates today. One of our attorneys will be able to explain in detail about concerns over Essure and what your legal options are in such a case. You may be entitled to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Bayer, the maker of Essure. Such a financial settlement could help reimburse you for any medical expenses for removing the device, lost wages from time off the job due to pain or doctor visits, as well as pain and suffering.