Sterilization

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Essure® Sterilization & Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Essure® Sterilization (In Office)

Essure® is a permanent form of birth control for women who are certain that they do not want to become pregnant in the future.

For many women, birth control is a constant concern that they have to think about for years and years. While there are many options, most come with side effects, hassles or worries about complete protection. Finding an effective, reliable and convenient form of birth control can be a major struggle.For women who have decided that their family is complete and are considering permanent birth control, Essure® may be the right answer.

Essure is a permanent form of birth control for women who are certain that they do not want to become pregnant in the future. This FDA-approved treatment involves a noninvasive procedure that inserts tiny, spring-like coils into the fallopian tubes to block sperm from reaching the eggs.

Benefits

Essure is up to 99.8% effective in preventing pregnancy based on four years of follow-up. These results are higher than any other type of birth control, including tubal ligation, vasectomy, oral contraceptives and condoms. And Essure achieves these results through a noninvasive procedure with virtually no side effects.

Some of the benefits of the Essure procedure include:

  • No cutting or burning
  • No need for general anesthesia
  • No hormones
  • No downtime
  • Short procedure time
  • Covered by insurance

Procedure

The Essure procedure takes just 13 minutes to perform and can be done in your doctor’s office. There is no need for general anesthesia because the device is inserted through the body’s natural passageways. During the procedure, your doctor will insert the tiny spring coils through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus. The coils are placed within the fallopian tubes with a small catheter. Over the next three months, the coils will work with your body to grow scar tissue and block the tubes, preventing sperm from passing though to the eggs.

Your body will continue to produce eggs, which will be absorbed by your body instead of fertilized by sperm. Some women experience minor temporary changes in their period after the Essure procedure, including lighter or heavier bleeding and spotting in between periods.

During the first three months after the procedure, another form of birth control will be needed to ensure complete protection against pregnancy. After the procedure, patients can return home right away and resume work and other normal activities the very next day. There is no downtime and no scarring from this safe and effective procedure.

Risks

Essure is a safe and healthy birth control choice that can be used by most women with little to no complications. But as with all procedure, there are certain risks associated with Essure. Some women may experience mild to moderate pain during the procedure, and vaginal bleeding that may last for a few days after. Although rare, risks such as perforation, expulsion, nausea, vomiting and pregnancy are possible with the Essure procedure. Talk to your doctor to learn more about these risks.

The Essure birth control procedure should not be performed on women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant, have an active or recent pelvic infection, who may want to have children in the future, or have other serious health conditions.

If you are interested in learning more about the Essure procedure and to find out if this form of birth control is right for you, please call us today to schedule an appointment.

Visit www.essure.com for additional information

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Minimally Invasive: Laparoscopic Supracervical  | Laparoscopic Total Vaginal

  • Discharge same day from most laparoscopic hysterectomies
  • Incisions 5mm to 12 mm for laparoscopic hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus or womb, which can sometimes include the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well. This is the second most common procedure for women in the US and is performed over 600,000 times each year. A hysterectomy stops the menstrual cycle and prevents pregnancy. It is a permanent procedure that cannot be reversed.

Although a hysterectomy is often considered a last line of defense, it can often be effective in treating reproductive conditions. Some of the reasons for a hysterectomy include:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Persistent pain or bleeding
  • Cancer

Hysterectomies can be performed through several different methods, depending on the initial reason and the personal health and preferences of the patient. Many hysterectomies can now be performed laparoscopically, which requires very small incisions. Laparoscopy can often be used during a vaginal hysterectomy, which generally has fewer complications and smaller scars, but cannot be used for certain patients. An open abdominal hysterectomy uses larger incisions but is needed in many cases.

This procedure is also classified by how much of the reproductive area is removed. A total hysterectomy removes the uterus and cervix, and may remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well. A subtotal hysterectomy removes the uterus but leaves the cervix, which can help prolong sexual enjoyment. A radical hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix, tubes, ovaries and the pelvic lymph nodes. This is usually done for patients with cancer or other serious diseases.

While a hysterectomy is generally considered safe, there are certain risks involved as with any other surgical procedure. Some risks of a hysterectomy include blood loss, bowel or bladder injuries, or problems with anesthesia. There are less invasive options available for many conditions, but they may be unsuccessful for some patients. Dr. Simmons can help you decide which option is best for you and if you may benefit from a hysterectomy.