Essure ?

Discussion in 'Archived Discussions' started by *lisa*, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Krystal

    Krystal New Member

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    sorry for the typos . Glasses are at work .
  2. Krystal

    Krystal New Member

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    I am so glad I am not totally alone . My doctor blew off my complaints . Plus I am reading about the abnormal bleeding . My periods are so messed up . They will be real light and stop then several days later its comes back with like a water fall . I know it is all related . I am so upset about it . My doctor told me very little about it . There where so many mistakes from the time I went into my last doctors appr while pregant . It started with my doctor causing me to hemorage . I had a low lying placenta that she hit while doing her exam . I had to have a emergancy c-section. I wanted my tubes tied at that time but they fogot to do it . Then this mess. Its been over three years and I still hurt horribly .
  3. blondi69

    blondi69 New Member

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    Hi there. So it's 1 week after my no-Essure procedure and ablation. I'm happy to report that since the ablation I have not had much cramping to speak of and the spotting was pretty much done by the third day, we'll see what happens with my period now. I am thinking now that since he couldn't do the inserts that I should go ahead and have a tubal ligation because pregnancy after ablation can be life threatening. I must admit I'm a bit nervous about the idea of another procedure, does anybody have any advice about having to fall back and have a tubal done?

     
  4. essureproblems

    essureproblems New Member

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    I discovered Essure in 2004 while I was pregnant with our 5th child. I thought this was the perfect form of sterilization, and no surgery. Instead, they were the biggest mistake I have ever made. The pain is horrible. I had all my babes without any pain meds, and the pains I have gotten since essure, the past 3 years are very similar to labor pains, just not constant or as long. I really feel that my body is trying to create a contraction to expell these devices from my body. I have a consult with a specialist to have them removed this week. I am hoping it can be done histroscopically to avoid a surgical incision, but even if it involves surgery, I am definatley having them removed. I will post an update from my consult.
  5. acw

    acw New Member

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    Hi essureproblems,

    I'm very anxious to hear how your consult goes. I'm at the point of going ahead with a hysterectomy just to get rid of the coils. If I have to have laparoscopic surgery just to remove them and have a traditional tubal ligation, I may as well get the added benefit of having the whole uterus gone. I agree with you that the easiest would be if they can do the Essure removal hysteroscopically...I'd do that in a heartbeat!

    I tried to PM you to ask the name of the doctor you are seeing. I may be willing to travel to Des Moines to see somebody that could help me out. If you can, PM me the info.

    Thanks,
    Anita
  6. sassifras

    sassifras New Member

    Hey ladies,
    Just wanted to ask a question about post essure. I am 46 and had the procedure done June 27th. Details are around there.
    I was wondering if any of you have had bleeding after sex? Also, my periods seem to want to come a week early? Anyone else with thoughts on this? Is this menopause intruding on what I had done?

    I was disappointed with the insurance. I had this outpatient in hospital. Referred from PCM to this dr. He was good but afterwards found out the insurance would not pay most of the hospital bill so I am stuck with about $900 out of my pocket.

    Any input would be appreciated,
    Cathy
  7. LadyDragonfly

    LadyDragonfly New Member

    Well, I had my essure done today in the doctors office. I took all the drugs ahead of time that I was suppose to. I have to say the level of discomfort was no more than an gyno exam/pap smear. I watched on the monitor as they were placed and it looked like everything went great. The actually placement took maybe 5 minutes total. I have a little bleeding. I ran a few errands on the way home but am getting ready for a nap. So far I have to say it has been a positive experience. P.S. So far my entire expense was the $20.00 co-payment for the scripts.
  8. essureproblems

    essureproblems New Member

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    The doctor I was referred to was completely rude to me. He was supposed to be very good laproscopic surgeon. Instead of listening to me, he just said we'll just schedule surgery to completely remove your tubes and we may as well remove you uterus at the same time beings you are done having children. I left the office so upset. What a fool. I am not looking for major surgery and a historectomy. Please, can someone who has had the essure removed laproscopically help me find a doctor!
  9. Cookie1969

    Cookie1969 New Member

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    I don't even know where to start.. I gave birth to my final baby boy-3 in all, in March 2007. My husband and I agreed we are done. I had the first set of essure's put in May 29th 2007. Had my HSG in Aug. Left side took, right side well let's say it was standing up not the way it should be and the dye went right on by. 2nd attempt done in Sept 2007. Did I mention that I have been bleeding this whole time I had 2 maybe 3 weeks after the birth of my son and that I haven't been bleeding. The next HSG Nov 2007, the right side took. But I'm still bleeding. I just want everyone to know that I have had my period now for 17 months, no days off, no real stop. I have maybe had one or two days a month that I stop and start again the next day. YEAH!! I have no life. My doctor has assured me that it is not from the ESSURE.. I'm not so sure she is right. Now I am having these really great mood swings. You can never guess what I am going to be that day. I maybe nice or I may bite your head off just for saying hi to me or I may just start crying for no reason. I am having a biop of my uterus on the 6th of Aug. If that comes back that everything is normal. LADIES I WILL BE HAVING THAT HISTORECTOMY!!! I have had enough of the bleeding. This is the route I have chosen. My husband stands by me as he has suffered with me on this whole ordeal. So to all of you that are still suffering, Tell your Dr, ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!! Make it stop or send me to someone who will. You must make a stand or you are all going to keep suffering. If I had to do all over again. My husband would of got the snip!! Good Luck to all of you and my heart goes to each on everyone of you having the problems. Oh and yes I have back pain too, but was told it was because I had an epidural for my last son.
    Not sure if that is truth or not.
  10. kym4

    kym4 Member

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    Had essure and ablation on 7-17. Not sure what ablation procedure I had because dr said couldn't do novasure with the essure because the essure procedure had to be done first in order for him to see fallopian tubes and the novasure ablation uses electrical current so it wouldn't be good with the metal coils. I went into the OR thinking I was having a balloon ablation and essure procedure. Have been experiencing pain on right side and looked on web to see what might be causing pain. Saw on web where with the essure procedure they would have to do a follow up test to make sure coils stayed in place and tubes were blocked. Called dr to ask if continued pain was normal. Two different nurses informed me that I had the novasure procedure. Finally talked to dr and he said I had the novasure procedure and essure. Told him I felt like the essure procedure might be causing my right sided pain. He assured me not. I asked about confirmation test and informed me that they couldn't do confirmation test for essure since I had the ablation procedure also. I broke down and said "Doc you mean to tell me that I had a procedure for sterilization and now there is no way to tell if it worked? There is no way to know if pain is coming from potential dislodged coil? Please help this has me worried sick. I'm mad, hurt and afraid. I don't know if I can trust that they are telling me the truth about having the novasure procedure. The nurse told me it didn't really matter, that I had an ablation of some kind.
  11. acw

    acw New Member

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    Hi kym,

    Your experience sounds a little like mine just over a year ago. I went in for the Essure and expected to have the HerOption cryoablation. They ended up doing the balloon ablation instead (after I had already signed the consent for the cryo, and had never been told anything about the balloon method). I questioned it at my follow-up, and they were able to confirm what method they used. The nurse was out of line to tell you it didn't matter.

    They did the Essure first, followed by the balloon ablation because it is approved for use immediately after the Essure. My doctor said when I questioned at my follow-up that they are doing the cryo on a "trial" basis in some cases.

    I did have the HSG last December. I have heard that the ablation may interfere with the HSG, but not that they can't do it at all. If I was you, I'd find a doctor that would do the HSG. Worst scenario is that it's inconclusive, but there's still a good chance that you can get confirmation. And you should at least be able to see if they're in the right place or not.

    I've also experienced the pain afterwards. Some doctors think it may be the Essure, some don't. Most agree it's new enough that they are just learning about the complications. Good luck to you in finding some resolution.

    -Anita
  12. kym4

    kym4 Member

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    thanks for responding. My problem with the whole thing is that i was specifically told by my dr that due to fact that the novasure method uses electrical current that you could not use novasure with the essure due to the metal coils. The metal coils would conduct the electrical current which causes procedure not to work. I questioned because I had researched and it seems that the novasure has the best record for controlling and/or stopping abnormal bleeding. I was specifically told that the ablation could not be done first because then they would not be able to visualize the fallopian tubes. The dr is the one who suggested essure and talked about how wonderful it was and that the down time is so much less. I'm consider myself pretty active for my age and it was real important to not have a long recovery time. I do know that an essure rep was present. I've been reading that the confirmation test is alot more to it than I would have thought but I cannot find anywhere that says it is not neccessary. dr has called back to talk to me and told me that he is very upset, that he was sick to his stomach that he didn't do a very good job explaining things to me but that he did what he thought was in my best interests. I felt like he was genuine but it still doesn't change things. I had a procedure that I possibly won't know whether it worked. I hurt, I know that the more I dwell on it the worse i make it but it's so very hard not to think about it when you hurt. My pain may not even have anything to do with the essure.
  13. essureproblems

    essureproblems New Member

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    I was 100% healthy and pain free 3 years ago until I got essure. Since then I have pain daily. As soon as I can get them removed by a doctor who has removed them previously, they are gone. Having essure placed has been the biggest mistake I have made my whole life.
    You were questioning the HSG procedure. Mine was very simple. I layed on a table with a type of video x-ray across my abdomen, my doctor said I would feel a twinge as he put a clamp on my cervix, he then injected the dye and said I would feel pressure. A raidiologist was in the room to confirm results. No dye passed out through my tubes. They were blocked. I used a pad that day to catch the dye that was injected. This procedure took about 10 minutes, and to me was painless.
    Good Luck to you, hope things improve.
  14. Nomoreforme

    Nomoreforme New Member

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    Here is my experiene with the Essure procedure. After my third child in March '07 I knew that I wanted permenant birth control, and was intrigued with Essure vs. TL as I do NOT do well with general anestesia (and with 3 kids and work I didn't want the down time). I talked to my doctors about it before I delivered my third and at my 6 weeeks postpartem checkup and knew I would do Essure in the future. I had my procedure done in May '08 after much research and reading this site for a few months. I had been told by one doctor to get an ablation done at the same time 'while they were there', but when I discussed it with the opeating doctor he said he could do it, but it has been known to cause problems with the followup HSG and getting the dye in to check for tube closure, so I opted not to do an ablation. My doctors office has been doing Essure for a few years now, but only on an outpatient basis at the hospital. They will start in office next year, but I didn't want to wait any longer. As I mentioned I get very ill with general surgery, so I had 'twilight sedation' done as I have in the past and no problems at all. I woke up feeling fine and after I left the hospital we went out for bruch (doctor said he had no problems placing them). I then went home and napped for a few hours. I had moderate cramps like a period (but not as bad as my worst period cramps) for a few days, and bleeding/spotting for less then a week. Since then I have had not problems/pain whatsoever. I can't believe I have scar tissue forming (hopefully :) and can't feel a thing. I honestly thought I'd be able to feel *something* with them in, especially at first, but nothing. I go for my followup HSG next week to see if it took. I still read this website to see others experiences, but after seeing so many bad replies, I wanted to get the word out that this is a wonderful option for many people. Of course you are going to see bad experiences posted here more then good b/c the millions of good ones aren't searching out this website to tell of their uneventful procedure. If you are considering Essure, please don't let these posts scare you away. They made me think some, but I am glad I went ahead with my procedure. I only know 2 other people personally who have done this (with different doctors then mine), and they have been textbook cases as well. I'm sorry for all of you who are experiencing issues. No method is 100% or claims to be and it sucks that you fall into the small percentage of problems, b/c if you are experiencing problems, it sure doesn't feel small to you. I'll let you know how my HSG goes next week.
  15. LadyDragonfly

    LadyDragonfly New Member

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    I too feel the same way as Nomoreforme. Obviously if everything went great you are most likely not going to seek out a forum to share your experience. I have read so many of the posts about the pain and difficulty in placing the coils. I must say the numbing injection in the cervix wasn't fun, but I have had novacane for dental treatment that was far worse. The actually coil placement could not have been easier. I am still having some bleeding but the nurse told me today to expect that for the 1st week. I will be curious to see how it feels from here.
  16. acw

    acw New Member

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    I agree that the statistics are skewed if you only look at the experiences of the women who post here (or other similar forums). Just keep in mind that the procedure is not without any risks. Even if there are complications in less than 1% of the cases, if you're that one it's 100% for you. (Doctors tend to downplay what happens in the rare cases something does go wrong.)

    If I only had pain 1% of the time, I'd be thrilled right now. Or if I'd had a terrible time and extreme pain with the placement, but that went away, that would be okay with me too. I had no trouble with the initial procedure--textbook case for placement. I was awake through the whole thing and never felt any pain or discomfort.

    Now I have constant pain. My doctor is recommending a procedure that is exactly what I wanted to avoid--laparoscopic surgery! I didn't need the Essure, but was convinced to go ahead because of the low risk and the fact that it was convenient to do at the same time as my endometrial ablation. In hindsight, I wish I hadn't agreed to it.

    What it comes down to is weighing the risks vs the benefits. For most women considering this, it may well be worth it. For me, I realized too late that the risks were greater than any benefit. It's a very personal decision. No one on any forum, and not even your doctor, can make the decision for you, but it's all a good source of information to include in your decision.

    -Anita

     
  17. pineapple

    pineapple New Member

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    Hi there everyone, I just found this forum today. I am 25 years old (just shy of 26!) and have never had children (yay!) Tomorrow I'm having my Essure procedure done. Actually, in less than 12 hours.

    I researched and researched and agonized over the best method for years, actually. A tubal was 100% my way to go up until about 6 months ago when I discovered Essure and really dove into it. Of course, I've spent all day reading this forum and am sufficiently freaked the heck out :p My Dr. was very supportive and kind, and he's done over 10,000 procedures so I'm confident in his skills. And I'm 100% POSITIVE that I will be having no children.

    It took a lot of work to find a decent PCP who supported my decision, and finding the doctor to do the procedure took a few tries (my first referral doesn't handle sterilization in any form).

    I've been constantly weighing risks vs. benefits and up until maybe now I wasn't worried too much. Of course, we can call this pre-surgery jitters. I know I want this, I am confident in my decision, and I know that there is a possibility of risks. Everything in life has a risk. I truly feel for the women that have had the procedure only to have it result in pain and anguish, that's so horrible and I hope some day you find relief. But I cannot look back on it, I know doing this with whatever risks may come will be better in the end than an accidental pregnancy. Even with different forms of birth control right now, you can't be certain. And I want to be as certain as possible.

    So far, the only thing I've been concerned about is the 90-days-later test, but I'll take that as it comes.

    Thank you all for sharing your stories and your experiences. They're so valuable, you have no idea.

    -rae
  18. Honey_bee

    Honey_bee New Member

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    I agree with Nomoreforme. It is important for all stories (good, bad, and everything in between) to be posted so: 1.) women deciding to get the Essure procedure done can make an informed decision; and 2.) women who had/have problems can connect with other women who had/have problems too.

    After reading several horror stories, I really wanted to post my success story. I had the procedure done in the doctor's office on March 4th, 2008. The worst part was the hydrocodone (vicodine) I had to take before the procedure. It makes me light-headed and nauseous. There was also some cramp-like pain during the procedure, but only two or three short bursts -- only slightly more uncomfortable than a regular pelvic exam.

    I left feeling fine, except for the hydrocodone still running through my system. I was up and moving with no trouble or pain that very day. I had some mild spotting for the next few days. I made sure not to over-exert myself, as advised by my doctor, to help guard against heavy bleeding.

    My doctor was great, which is very important with any procedure that has permanent affects. She was thoughtful and willing to discuss anything and everything I wanted to know -- which actually wasn't much because of all the research I did before deciding, including reading these posts, which is also very improtant. Don't just rely soly on your doctor for the information you get, especially if you still feel uneasy after talking with her or him. Be pro-active and ask another doctor and do your own investigating.

    Since then I have had some cramping, which coincides with my ovulation and menstrual cycle. They are more frequent and often stronger than any cramps I had before the procedure, sometimes a very sharp shooting pain, but they are short and only happen a few times a month around the time I ovulate and just before or after my period. I am sure this is an after-effect of the procedure, but even at their worst, the cramping is still completely tolerable.

    My cycle is still off as well, but I don't think this is from the procedure. I just had my first (and last...lol...) baby in December (2007), so I am quite sure it is still my body re-adjusting from the pregnancy. Although it is irregular, the duration and flow is the same.

    I had the x-ray done July 16th, 2008 to confirm closure and all is a success. No more babies for me! All-in-all I am totally glad I did it. The extra cramping is well-worth not having to be scared I could get pregnant. I have recommended this procedure to several friends and even a few acquaintances I am so happy with it.

    If you are considering getting this procedure done, please do not make this decision lightly or with any doubts or misgivings. Do the research and be comfortable with your doctor. If you aren't, find another one. Keep looking until you are comfortable and confident enough to put your body in her or his hands. I did, and I do not regret it for a nano-second.

    My heart goes out to all the women who have had or are having problems. I wish you wonderful ladies all the best.
  19. kym4

    kym4 Member

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    It's true that most people post on these forums when they are having trouble. Misery loves company. I can tell you that I am sick. I hurt. I didn't feel this way before. This doesn't feel like cramps. It feels like something is pinching and burning and sometimes just like I have a thorn in my side. I was hurting so much I called the dr. That is when I found out that they weren't going to do the confirmation test and was informed that they don't do confirmation test with ablation. I cannot find any where that says confirmation test is not necessary. The company Conceptus who makes essure put out a statement in Oct 2006 that the essure should be performed and the 3 month confirmation test should be done then if tubes were blocked they should use the balloon ablation. I just thought I felt bad before talking to dr. Now I am sick to my stomach, I can't eat. I feel totally like an idiot. I had a pretty expensive procedure and will probably not ever know if it worked. My understanding of the confirmation test is that with the ablation even attempting to do it can be very painful to some women if they have alot of scar tissue not to mention that if there is alot of scar tissue they can't tell if it worked or not. Sorry but I'm sick and I hurt. To all of you ladies please be careful. I work in the health care field and so does my husband. We know mistakes happen and most are genuinely unintended and no harm done. If I had never had pain, I'd never realized that I was supposed to have a confirmation test, I would have never found out that they can't really perform it once an ablation is done and I'd probably been satisfied unless for some strange reason I became pregnant.

    To Anita: I was also talked into this because it's such a great and wonderful thing. I didn't need this procedure either. I'm 45 years old, I know that it's possible to still get pregnant but very unlikely, but the dr convinced me that I couldn't even take that small risk. Look at the risk I would be taking if the implants didn't work and we didn't know it. Sorry again I'm upset

    kym4
  20. kym4

    kym4 Member

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    One other thing if you will all read the Conceptus business strategy which you can find on the internet. It is the minutes from the board meetings discussing financial and plans for the company. You will see that they are looking to make big bucks by getting drs to use the essure procedure. I found the minutes from the july 23, 2008 meeting and their strategy is to focus on getting drs trained. You can then go to essure website and find where it tells drs if they will get at least 2-3 patients lined up for the essure procedure, they will send a rep to train them so they can be certified. The drs don't have to tell you that they are training and or that a essure rep might actually do the procedure. I know that I have had a bad experience but between the risk of having a painful procedure, a painful confirmation test and then possibly having to re do the procedure if it doesn't work, I don't know that it is such a great procedure

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