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Essure Coil Removal: Advice On How To Avoid Leaving Fragments

Essure Coil Removal
Increasing Chance of Intact Removal


Dissection begins in the most superficial area where the device is observed.

Essure coil removal was previously performed at our facility by applying direct traction on the Essure micro-inserts.

Although this was simpler and faster than the procedure we now perform, manual traction on the coils frequently resulted in coil breakage and increased the chance of leaving residual Essure fragments.

We now perform a precise en bloc dissection of each Essure micro-insert.

Now our Essure coil removal surgeries are more likely to result in complete removal of each Essure micro-insert as well as any surrounding fibrosis.


Dissection starts in middle of coil and continues medially. Note the absence of blood in the area of dissection.

Essure coil removal: Dissect rather than pull

After adequate uterine tourniquet application, Essure coil removal can be performed with sharp dissection directly on the anti-mesenteric portion of the coil.

We perform sharp dissection with a #11 blade tip scalpel. This blade size provides more precise dissection immediately on and alongside the micro-inserts.

Dissection for Essure coil removal begins in the mid-to-distal portion of the Essure micro-insert device in the area of interstitial tube which is the most superficial. Often this is the area where the Essure devices are the most visible.


Proximal ends of both inner and outer coil have been identified within the myometrium.

Using sharp dissection the Essure micro-insert device is followed medially as it travels through the interstitial myometrium and into the uterine cavity. Suction irrigation is performed during the dissection to maintain visibility in the area of dissection by removing any residual venous blood.

It is during the dissection of the interstitial segment of tube that awareness of anatomic variations becomes important. The Essure micro-insert can travel in different directions, at different depths, and can dive towards the endometrial cavity at different areas within the myometrium.

Occasionally the depth of the coil is superficial and occasionally the depth of the coil is deeper.

As dissection is performed it is helpful to stabilize the Essure micro-insert with a hand-held forceps (i.e. Debakey) to minimize rolling of the device. We stay on top of the device as much as possible and the purpose of this dissection is to track the micro-inserts into the uterine cavity.

Essure coil removal: En bloc removal


En bloc dissection of both Essure micro-inserts. Each device is intact and surrounded by tubal muscularis.

Once the proximal tip of the Essure device is identified then the medial most portion of the intra-tubal insert can be grasped and elevated with hand-held forceps.

The proximal tip of the micro-insert can be retracted laterally to allow more exposure underneath the device. Dissection can then be performed along the mesenteric side of the device towards the distal end of the intratubal micro-insert.

If necessary we will utilize electrosurgery at this time to provide additional hemostasis because the risk of coil fracture is minimal when the entire coil is visualized and the more difficult medial dissection has been completed.

The entire device can then be removed intact an en bloc with adjacent tubal muscularis and surrounding fibrosis. We now feel en bloc dissection is the most precise surgical technique that increases the chance of intact micro-insert removal.

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oscar Reply

Hello, muy wife has essure implants and has many sympthoms. Regretfully, here in Spain the device extraction is throught pulling It out, leaving parts Inside and therefore with a due second surgery intervention.

Muy question is if you know any strategy to mitigate the sympthoms my wife is experiencing like belly swelling, fatigue, etc while we find a better doctor or wait for them to catch Up with state of the art procedures.

    Dr. Monteith Reply

    Symptom treatment depends on the symptoms each patient experiences. Her local doctor should be able to evaluate her symptoms and help with treatment.

    Unfortunately, if your wife is having symptoms from the Essure devices then removal should help. You will be waiting a long time for the doctors to learn how to do Essure removal. Very likely they will never learn…they have not learned yet…and Essure is no longer being made. Her local doctor should be able to perform a hysterectomy.

    If she wants to become pregnant then she should travel to us for Essure reversal. We have patients travel to us from across the world for Essure reversal surgery.

    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

    If you would like to see if you are a candidate for Essure reversal, your first step would be to send us your records from your Essure insertion procedure and the results of your 3 month follow up x-ray.

    The cost for the Essure reversal procedure and the Essure removal procedure is the same… $7,900. We are located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    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 $7,900 for Essure reversal/removal plus $150 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

    Call us at (919) 977-5050 8am to 5pm eastern standard time and we would be happy to speak with you about tubal reversal at our facility.

Leslie Pribanic Reply

Is there any conventional wisdom out there that cautions against using a morcellator to remove Essure devices?

    Dr. Monteith Reply

    The morcellator can shred the device and spread metal fragments inside your abdomen if it is not used correctly to remove Essure. It is best to avoid using the uterine morcellator so that does not happen.

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