Philadelphia personal injury attorneys say hundreds of women using a form of permanent birth have come forward with stories about their painful experiences. More than 800 women have filed reports with the Food and Drug Administration regarding the Essure procedure complaining of severe injuries, including perforation of organs, excessive bledding and chronic abdominal pain. In August, one woman was admitted to the hospital with abdominal pain after having the Essure procedure. The woman later died after suffering from streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.
Essure, owned and marketed by Bayer, is a procedure where bendable coils are placed into the fallopian tubes, passed from the vagina through the cervix and uterus. Scar tissue then forms around the coils and blocks the tubes from insemination, according to marketing materials. The sterilization procedure gained FDA approval in 2002. It is marketed as cheaper, easier and safer alternative to tubal ligation.
Essure was originally designed and manufactured by Conceptus. Conceptus was purchased by Bayer earlier this year, but the company estimates that approximately 700,000 women have undergone the Essure procedure. The procedure is typically performed in a doctor’s office as an outpatient procedure.
Some patients and experts have expressed concern about a lack of education about Essure and its side effects. Patients say doctors are unsure what to do when they go to them about problems they are having with the product and feel that more training may be necessary. Reports from Essure’s clinical studies indicate that “perforation of internal bodily structures other than the uterus and fallopian tube are all potential adverse events” of the procedure.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving pharmaceutical and drug product injuries. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have suffered an injury as a result of an Essure procedure, a defective pharmaceutical drug product, or any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More