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Essure FAQ

Essure FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Essure, a permanent sterilization implant that has been linked to 10,000 reports of serious side effects.

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The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Essure induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Overview

What is Essure?
What does Essure look like?
How does Essure work?
How was Essure approved?
Is Bayer immune from Essure lawsuits?

Essure Side Effects

Does Essure have higher risks than tubal ligation?
What are side effects of Essure?
Does Essure have a Black Box warning?
Can Essure cause death?

Essure Lawsuits

Do I have an Essure lawsuit?
How do I preserve evidence when Essure is removed?
How many Essure lawsuits have been filed?
Can I join an Essure class action?
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?

What is Essure?

Essure is a permanent sterilization device that was created by Conceptus Inc., which is now a subsidiary of Bayer. It is the only non-surgical sterilization device on the market.

What does Essure look like?

Essure looks like a metal spring. It actually consists of two flexible metal coils. The outer coil is made of nickel-titanium alloy and it expands to anchor Essure in the fallopian tube. The inner coil is made of stainless steel covered in irritating fibers of polyethelene (PET).

How does Essure work?

Essure sterilizes a woman by blocking the fallopian tubes, which prevents an egg from traveling from the ovaries to the uterus. Each woman receives two Essure implants, one in each fallopian tube. The PET fibers cause irritation and promote scar-tissue formation, which permanently blocks the fallopian tubes within about three months.

How was Essure approved?

Conceptus got approval for Essure in 2002 with a Pre-Market Approval (PMA) clearance. This means the FDA fast-tracked Essure to the market because it was the only non-surgical sterilization device.

Is Bayer immune from Essure lawsuits?

PMA clearance gives manufacturers immunity from lawsuits, which is why Bayer has mostly avoided Essure lawsuits. However, PMA can be invalidated if the manufacturer does not meet requirements.

The FDA ordered Conceptus to complete a study on Essure within 5 years of approval. The study was not published until April 2015, nearly eight years after it was due, and it was missing data on 30% of patients. Conceptus also changed medical records. For example, one woman who had extreme pain said the word “extreme” was crossed out and her comfort level was rated as “excellent.”

Does Essure have higher risks than tubal ligation?

Essure is less painful and has a faster recovery time than tubal ligation (“having your tubes tied”), but it may have higher long-term risks. A recent study of 52,000 women in New York linked Essure to a 10X increased risk of follow-up surgery — 2.4% of Essure patients needed another surgery compared to 0.2% of tubal ligation patients.

What are side effects of Essure?

The FDA received 9,900 injury reports between November 2002 (when Essure was approved) through December 2015. Most reports listed multiple injuries, commonly including:

  • Pain/abdominal pain (6989)
  • Heavier menses/menstrual irregularities (3210)
  • Headache (2990)
  • Fatigue (2159)
  • Weight fluctuations (2088)
  • Nickel allergy or patient-device incompatibility (2016)
  • Migration of Essure (854)
  • Essure breakage (429)
  • Essure difficult to remove (280)
  • Improper position of ESsure (199)
  • Essure difficult to insert (187)
  • Pregnancy (631)
  • Death (4)

Does Essure have a Black Box warning?

Yes. In February 2016, the FDA placed a Black Box warning label on Essure to warn about persistent pain, perforation of the uterus or fallopian tubes, abnormal bleeding, allergic reactions, and other side effects. The agency also ordered Bayer to conduct new safety studies.

Can Essure cause death?

Four deaths have been linked to Essure complications like infection, uterine perforation, and blood clots after a hysterectomy. Furthermore, 294 fetal deaths occurred in women who got pregnant despite Essure.

Do I have an Essure lawsuit?

There are two types of injuries claims associated with Essure — women who needed additional surgery due to surgical complications, and women who had unusual reactions to Essure. In both cases, a complete hysterectomy to remove Essure is often necessary.

How do I preserve evidence when Essure is removed?

Talk to your lawyer about sending a “Preservation Letter” to the pathology department at your hospital. This is a formal request to retain evidence for your lawsuit. For example:

  • 1) Ask your doctor to take photos of the entire removal process.
  • 2) Ask your doctor to keep the Essure implants intact rather than cutting or pulling it from the uterus.
  • 3) Have the fallopian tube removed and sectioned into equal segments.
  • 4) Preserve all materials removed during the surgery (Essure, fluids, organs, tissue, etc.) in a fluid like 10% formalin.
  • 5) Request copies of your medical records and keep them safe.
  • 6) Require your written consent before materials are sent to the manufacturer of Essure.

How many Essure lawsuits have been filed?

As of July 2016, lawyers have filed over 30 lawsuits involving at least 1,000 who were injured by Essure. They have asked federal judges to centralize the lawsuits under one judge in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL).

Can I join an Essure class action?

There are no class action lawsuits for women who were injured by Essure. Instead, hundreds of women have filed individual lawsuits. This helps each woman seek maximum compensation. Furthermore, the outcome of her case is not determined by the class representative.

How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?

The amount of time you have to file a lawsuit depends on the state where you live. This “statute of limitations” can be as short as one year from the date of your injury, so it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as you think you have a lawsuit.

Do I have an Essure Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Essure induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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