Essure Removal & Reversal

What is Essure Removal & Reversal?

Essure is a form of non-surgical, permanent birth control wherein flexible metal coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes to facilitate scar tissue formation, blocking sperm from reaching the eggs. In recent years, the manufacturers of Essure, Bayer, have come under severe scrutiny due to the side effects and complications associated with the medical device.

Essure removal refers to the removal of the Essure coils to prevent or address the side effects. And Essure reversal refers to the reversal of the procedure to have children naturally. Complications and side effects associated with Essure coils include vaginal bleeding, cramps, severe pain, bowel injuries, headaches, nausea, infections, vomiting, allergic reactions, and others.

You Should Consider Essure Removal & Reversal if You…

  • Want to have children naturally.
  • Want to avoid the potential side effects and complications of Essure coils.
  • Are experiencing the side effects of Essure, such as pelvic pain, bleeding, and organ perforation.

Your Essure Removal & Reversal Options

Essure removal is challenging because the coils get lodged within the scar tissues, making their extraction tricky. Dr. Aram Bonni will talk to you about your symptoms to determine if you’re experiencing problems caused by Essure coils. Next, he’ll use ultrasounds, scopes, and X-rays to identify the coils’ locations and curate the appropriate extraction plan. Depending on the device’s location, the surgeon might offer one of the following removal options.

Salpingotomy

Salpingotomy is a surgical procedure wherein a small hole is made in the fallopian tubes to remove the Essure metal coils. The procedure involves inserting a laparoscope through a small incision on the abdomen to reach the fallopian tubes and make the holes.

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a procedure wherein the uterus, fallopian tubes, and cervix are removed. This procedure ensures that the entire Essure coil is removed, with no broken fibers left behind. The surgery can be performed through the vagina or the abdomen.

Uterine Preserving Surgery

Uterine preserving surgery is an Essure reversal procedure wherein the metal coils are removed from the fallopian tubes without removing the uterus. The surgeon dissects the fallopian tubes, removes the Essure coils, and reconnects the tubes, reversing the sterilization.

Recovering from Essure Removal & Reversal

Essure removal and reversal is performed as an outpatient procedure. However, the length of the recovery period depends on the specific technique used and the duration that the Essure coils were inside the body. Patients can usually resume most normal activities a few days after a salpingotomy or a uterine preserving surgery. However, patients need several weeks to recover from a hysterectomy.

Risks of Essure Removal & Reversal

Like all surgeries, Essure removal and reversal also includes the risk of infections. However, the prescribed antibiotics can prevent infections, and Dr. Bonni takes all precautions necessary to ensure a smooth recovery process. In some cases, the patient might also experience inflammation and complications due to leftover pieces of metal or fiber from the Essure coils.

Why Choose Dr. Bonni?

Dr. Aram Bonni is a double board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. He utilizes the latest technologies and techniques to remove the Essure coils, reverse the procedure, and ensure optimal results without complications. You may schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonni to discuss your Essure removal options.