Women with Essure sterilization devices are 10 times more likely to require surgery within a year of implantation than women who get their tubes tied, according to a new study. Researchers examined the records of 52,326 women sterilized from 2005-2013 at hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in New York State. While 2.4% of women with Essure required follow up surgery, only 0.2% of women who got their tubes tied required this surgical intervention.
The study raises questions about the safety of Essure sterilization devices, which first went on the market 13 years ago. During that time, the FDA has received more than 5,000 complaints related to the device. The agency has not pulled the device off the market, despite the urging of critics.
Particularly given the spate of recent news stories about potentially unsafe drugs or medical devices, I am no longer as confidant in the safety and effectiveness of our modern medical system as I once was. Many people are helped, but others could be harmed by the very procedures designed to provide relief for an illness or ongoing medical condition.
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