Essure Device Removal and Tubal Reversal

If you are experiencing problems after having an Essure Sterilisation procedure, or desire another pregnancy, then you will be happy to hear that Essure Sterilisation removal with or without sterilisation reversal is an option.

 

Reasons For Essure Removal

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The majority of patients do not have any untoward symptoms with Essure but some side effect symptoms have been reported: weight gain, dizziness, severe bloating, migraine, joint pain, pregnancy like symptoms and much more.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we would advise you to get checked out by your Doctor in the first instance to rule out any other causes.

Your GP may tell you that the only successful way to alleviate these symptoms is with a hysterectomy as Essure coils cannot be removed. This is not the case. Studies in one American clinic have shown that from January 2008 to january 2014, 125 surgeries were carried out to correct Essure Sterilisation. Of these 125 patients who came for Essure removal, 89 requested Essure removal to allow them to become pregnant and 36 requested Essure removal because of side effects.

Pregnancy wanted or not?

If you want the Essure devices removing to alleviate your symptoms but do not wish to become pregnant again then Essure removal and tubal occlusion is recommended. This is performed under general anaesthetic where an incision is made into each fallopian tube and the Essure devices removed intact. The incision is then closed (occluded) to decrease the chances of pregnancy.

If your reasons for an Essure sterilisation reversal is to get pregnant then a reversal with a tubal re-implantation is recommended (see YouTube video above). After this surgery there will be a chance of natural pregnancy. As with any tubal surgery, there is an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy after this procedure and it is advised that a caesarian is scheduled with any future pregnancies due to a theoretical small increased risk of the scars opening in labour.

How is Essure removal performed?

Mr Dobson performs Essure removals laparoscopically, under a general anaesthetic. These are generally performed as a day case and you can go home the same day. You can expect to take around a week to recover.

The Essure removal and tubal re-implantation surgery involves a small cut along the lower part of the tummy (where a C-Section scar would be). You would normally stay in for one night before returning home.

Further details about any of the information on this page can be discussed with Mr Samuel Dobson at the time of your consultation.

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