Women's Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley
Gynecology & Obstetrics located in McAllen, TX & Edinburg, TX
EssureⓇ is a permanent female sterilization treatment, but many women experience side effects after getting Essure and want to pursue removal options. For those in and around McAllen and Edinburg, Texas, Fernando Otero, MD, of Women's Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley offers Essure removal as one of many services provided to women of all ages. To learn more about the process and what to expect, schedule a consultation today, online or by phone.
Essure Removal Q & A
What is Essure?
Essure is a permanent birth control option for women. Many find Essure appealing because it requires no incision, no anesthesia, no skin scarring, and no need for downtime. Essure is highly effective and permanent.
The process works by placing two tiny coils made of metal and fiber into your Fallopian tubes. Your body responds by creating scar tissue around those coils, which effectively blocks the tubes and prevents sperms from reaching your eggs.
Why would Essure removal be necessary?
Many women have reported serious side effects after receiving Essure. Potential problems include:
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Weight fluctuations
- Hair loss
- Mood swings
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- Perforation of the uterus and fallopian tubes
- Migration of coils into other areas of the body
Concerns over proper patient education led the FDA to place restrictions on the use and sale of Essure. Women who are considering this option must be provided with literature outlining the potential risks and side effects.
For women suffering disruptive side effects, Essure removal may be the best way to find relief.
What happens during Essure removal?
Dr. Otero begins by determining the exact location of your Essure coils. In some cases, removal can occur using a hysteroscope, a thin tube equipped with a camera and light that is inserted through your vagina.
Another option is called a salpingotomy, which requires cutting directly into the Fallopian tubes to access the coils. A salpingectomy, or surgical removal of your Fallopian tubes, is sometimes necessary.
A cornual resection is also a possibility and involves surgically removing a portion of your uterus. The process can be done laparoscopically, which reduces the risk of heavy bleeding and lengthy recovery.
Removing Essure coils requires a careful and experienced approach. It’s possible to break the coils during removal, which can cause even more serious health issues. Too much pressure or contact with metal surgical tools or morcellators can fracture the coils into incredibly small pieces.
Dr. Otero has performed many of these procedures successfully, and he can help you move beyond a failed Essure experience. Book a consultation today to learn more. Online scheduling is one option, or you can always call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.