Monday, May 20, 2013

Ask Us Anything: Do You Perform Essure Reversal?

"Do you perform essure reversal?"

Note: Essure is a non-surgical birth control procedure in which small, soft implants are inserted into the fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of the vagina and cervix. The Essure website states that the procedure is not easily reversible and should be considered a permanent birth control solution.

Dr. Ali Ghomi Responds:

Unfortunately, Essure reversal procedure is almost impossible to perform. The medical coil used during the procedure is intended to cause severe body reaction and hence scar formation at the junction of the uterus and the fallopian tube. Even if essure coils were to be removed, the degree of damage to the surrounding tissue would not render the area amenable to function properly for pregnancy.

If Essure removal is considered for symptomatic relief, such as abdominal cramping during menstrual cycles or pelvic pain, the procedure may be attempted; however, the results would vary on a case-by-case basis.

– Dr. Ali Ghomi

Dr. Ghomi is the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Chair of The Robotic Surgical Committee at Sisters of Charity Hospital. He is the only physician in Western New York who performs Sacrocolpopexy Prolapse surgery using the da Vinci® robot. Sacrocolpopexy is a proven “gold standard” procedure worldwide to repair severe pelvic prolapse. Click here to learn more about Catholic Health's OB/GYN services.

Dr. Ghomi sees patients at the M. Steven Piver, M.D. Center for Women’s Health & Wellness in Buffalo.

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