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Corries Solicitors have a dedicated all female team of solicitors. We are experts in clinical and medical negligence as well as issues with faulty products. This team of enthusiastic and highly trained specialists have a proven track record dealing with high profile litigation. We have been successful with claims for PIP faulty breast implants and faulty metal on metal hips. We know that issues arising from the Essure implant can be difficult to talk about. Our team are here to discuss things with you in a professional and understanding manner.
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Have you been affected?
Essure is causing untold misery for many women nationwide including:
- Unbearable pain;
- Pain and cramping;
- Damage to internal organs;
- Ruptured Colon;
- Foetal deaths; and
The effect of issues with the implant could lead to people not being able to work. Women face further surgery, lengthy time in recovery and associated pain,expenditure and losses.
These issues initially may have gone unnoticed or untreated by medical professionals but are now coming to light more and more. No woman should be in pain unnecessarily.
What is Essure?
Essure is a form of permanent birth control, confusingly it is often referred to as a coil but is in fact something completely different to a hormone coil. This Essure implant is in fact a form of female sterilisation.
Essure is inserted via the cervix into each fallopian tube. It looks like a coiled spring, it does not contain hormones but is made from materials including polyester fibres, nickel, titanium, platinum, silver-tin and stainless steel. This procedure was an alternative to laparoscopic sterilisation using clips i.e. what is commonly known as ‘having your tubes tied’ and is an invasive surgical procedure.
In the months following the implantation of the Essure device, the body reacts and forms scar tissue around the implant. Thereafter, the fallopian tube becomes blocked which prevents eggs being fertilised by sperm. According to the manufacturers of Essure, the formation of scar tissue typically takes three months but can take anything up to six months. This procedure is an irreversible form of contraception.
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Usage of the Essure Implant
Essure has been licensed for use in Europe, America, Canada and Australia. In 2009 guidance, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) advocated the use of the Essure device in the UK. The device has been used in the UK from 2009 up to 2017. In Europe a device is licensed by a network of 59 notified bodies who grant a CE safety mark. The product can then be sold in Europe. In August 2017, the manufacturers of the Essure implant, confirmed that there was a ninety day suspension of that CE Mark, what we often call kite mark, of the Essure product and that implantation was temporarily suspended.
NICE have now removed their guidelines for the implantation of the Essure device and have stated that “The device used in this procedure (Essure) no longer has a CE mark. The CE mark is necessary for medical devices to be used in EU countries. Therefore NICE has decided to suspend its guidance”. This means not only can the product not be sold in the UK anymore, it should also not be implanted into any more women.
It has emerged that only limited data confirmed Essure safety ahead of its approval in America in 2001. This information was collected by doctors paid by the manufacturers, not by independent researchers. It was also based only on short-term trials.
In America while Essure is still available the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are monitoring the situation.
At this stage manufacturers say there is no need for women to have the device removed.
How Essure was marketed
Essure was described as being a non-surgical alternative to traditional surgical sterilisation. Typically a ‘day case’ procedure.
The advantages were described to patients as:
- No General Anaesthetic required;
- A quick procedure, taking less than 30 minutes and typically only 12 minutes;
- Fast recovery, an ability to leave hospital within 45 minutes to 2 hours after the procedure;
- No surgical scarring; and
- A quick return to work, typically only needing a day or so off work following the procedure.
The potential risks described at the time, were:
- Discomfort, bleeding, and problems during implantation;
- Mild pain and bleeding immediately following the procedure; and
- The implant leaving the body via the cervix as part of a failed implantation.
A major study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2015 found that women who had Essure were 10 times more likely to need further surgery as a result.
Since the procedures approval there been thousands of reports of adverse events. There is little information regarding Essure’s safety and efficacy according to recent research.
We have professional expertise in Product Liability and Clinical Negligence claims. Corries are one of the UK’s leading experts in dealing with defective medical claims. We have a department run by experienced female solicitors dedicated solely to dealing with women’s issues. You can find out more about the department here.
Having a lawyer with experience is important when you have a claim. If you have suffered because of a faulty or unsafe product then you might be entitled to make a compensation claim. We understand that injuries of an intimate and sensitive nature can be difficult to discuss. Our team are here to deal with your claim in a confidential, compassionate and professional manner.
We can help put you in touch with support groups who can help.
If you have had to change your life and need care or help from family and friends then we can look into a claim for you.
We pride ourselves in the open and straight forward way we deal with clients. Many of our clients are recommended to us by doctors or other professionals.
If you think that you have a defective implant call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 881 5103.