The Essure® device works to provide contraception, blocking pregnancy by preventing implantation in your uterus. Essure devices work fine for some people, while others experience uncomfortable side effects.
If you experience pelvic pain during intercourse or while on your period, or you suffer from systemic joint pain symptoms, your Essure device could be the cause of your discomfort. Some women also find themselves interested in Essure removal due to a desire to become pregnant.
At Longoria OBGYN of El Paso, Texas, specialist Dr. Leonardo Longoria safely removes Essure devices. Our team is committed to all aspects of women's health and wellness, including reproductive care and Essure device removal. Here’s what you can expect from an Essure removal.
Essure contraceptive devices have been discontinued in the United States since 2019. A significant portion of patients with implanted Essure coils experience problematic side effects, ranging from pelvic pain to hair loss to joint pain or excessive bleeding.
Many women who report side effects with an Essure device find that getting the coils removed resolves problem symptoms within a few weeks after removal.
Your symptoms and your Essure device
If you have concerns about your Essure device, start by discussing your symptoms with Dr. Longoria. He can determine if your Essure coils could be the culprit. Dr. Longoria conducts a thorough physical exam to get more information about your Essure device and discover if removal could benefit you.
Not all doctors are familiar with Essure and the side effects that the device can cause. You can rely on Dr. Longoria’s experience and understanding as you make decisions about your Essure device and reproductive health.
The process of Essure removal
Dr. Longoria may recommend different types of surgical procedures for your removal, including:
- Simple, one-day outpatient removal surgery using salpingotomy — small cuts to your fallopian tubes
- A hysterectomy — removing your uterus — to completely resolve your discomfort and get rid of any remaining fragments of the device
Some women need multiple surgeries to completely remove all particles of metal and polyester left behind by the Essure device.
Most patients need a few days of intensive recovery, followed by about two weeks of light activity for full recovery. More intensive surgery, or multiple surgeries, means longer recovery times.
Learn more about Essure removal
Once you’ve recovered from your device removal, you may notice a rapid improvement in your quality of life as your pelvic pain symptoms and other related complaints subside.
You can learn more about what to expect from Essure removal and consult with Dr. Longoria about your case today. Contact our office by phone or request an appointment online.