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Essure Sterilization
Explained In Detail

Essure is the newest form of tubal sterilization. The purpose of Essure is the same as tubal ligation: providing permanent birth control by causing blockage of the fallopian tube. Essure sterilization is technically not a tubal ligation, but, more appropriately, an internal tubal occlusive technique.

Essure-is-a-new-type-of-tubal-ligationThe more correct name for the type of tubal blockage caused by Essure is transcervical hyteroscopic tubal occlusion. This term translates into a sterilization procedure performed through the cervix (transcervical), using a camera (hysteroscopic), and causing permanent tubal blockage (tubal occlusion).

Essure is unlike any other type of tubal ligation because it causes the tubes to become blocked from the inside by causing scar tissue on the inside of the tube. This scar tissue results in complete and permanent blockage of the tubes.

How does Essure work?

The Essure procedure is commonly performed in the doctor’s office and with minimal sedation. During the procedure a small camera is placed through the cervix and into the uterus. An Essure micro-insert device is placed inside the opening of each fallopian tube. This device causes the tube to gradually heal closed by causing the formation of scar tissue around the coil and inside the tube. This blockage only occurs in the very beginning of the fallopian tubes.

Once the coils are inserted patients are instructed to use another form of birth control while the scar tissue is forming to cause tubal blockage. Permanent tubal blockage usually occurs by the third month after the Essure device insertion procedure and is confirmed with a hysterosalpingogram x-ray (HSG). This is often referred to as the HSG confirmation test.

Reversing Essure
Is it possible?

Essure is intended to be permanent but we have proved otherwise. We can remove the Essure coils and the permanent scar tissue can be bypassed by re-introducing the tubes into the uterine cavity. This procedure to reverse Essure is called tubouterine implantation.

Tubouterine implantation can provide women with the chance to become naturally pregnant again after Essure sterilization.

12 thoughts on “Essure Sterilization: Explained in Detail”

  1. MARVINA says:

    I am 27 years old and I got the essure about 5 years ago after my last pregnancy, I was told by my doctor that it was a sterile technique and cannot be removed or reversed. i would love to possibly have another baby in the future what are my chances of getting it reversed and getting pregnant.

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      Marvina
      We specialize in Essure reversal and Essure removal surgery. We can reverse Essure and give you the chance of pregnancy….or we can remove Essure and leave your tubes closed. The chance of pregnancy after Essure reversal is about 40%.

      More information: Essure reversal testimonials

      The cost is the same $7,500. We are located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

      Please be aware that starting April 1st 2019 the fee for Essure reversal surgery will increase to $7,900 and the scheduling fee will increase to $150. If you want to avoid the higher fees then you should schedule your surgery before April 1st or start a Reversal Prepayment Account.

      No other clinic or doctor has the experience we do. The chance of pregnancy after Essure reversal is about 40%. If you are having symptoms that started soon after Essure most patients report improvement after removal of the devices. We do have a surgery prepayment plan.

      More information: Successful Essure reversal with Dr Monteith

      We charge a total of $7,500 for Essure reversal/removal plus $125 to schedule surgery. If you use our prepayment plan then you can contribute any amount as you are able but you must have the surgery paid for by three years. We do work with two financing companies and we do have a prepayment plan.

      The following link will answer most of your questions about reversal. This is the MOST HELPFUL INFORMATION to read when considering reversal at our office. Each question has a link to more information about the question: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

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