Authored by P. Chris Schroeder
Intrauterine device contraceptives like the Mirena from Bayer have become a popular and effective form of birth control, with use by over 15 million women in the United States.
Unfortunately, studies show as many as 1.3 out of every 1,000 women that undergo IUD implantation will suffer reproductive organ perforation injuries. These can cause pain, bleeding, inflammation and infection. In more extreme cases, a dislocated IUD can tear through the wall of the uterus and enter the patient's abdominal cavity, where it can harm other internal organs.
In either case, women who have suffered perforation may require Mirena removal surgery. Those affected may be entitled to compensation from a lawsuit.
Mirena removal is usually performed in a simple outpatient setting where a doctor or nurse administers local anesthesia to remove the IUD through the vaginal canal.
In cases where an IUD has perforated into the uterus or passed through it, a patient may require more serious abdominal Mirena removal surgery. This may be performed with a general anesthesia and a large laparotomy incision, or a smaller lapascopic incision.
Approximately 35% of IUD perforation removal surgeries are performed with a traditional laparotomy incision, while nearly 65% are done with laparoscopic incisions. A recent study recommended the less-invasive laparoscopic method since it may result in a faster recovery and fewer complications.
Since Bayer failed to properly warn women that they may face these surgical procedures due to perforation, they are facing hundreds of lawsuits.
Those affected may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, future treatment, lost time from work and family, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has undergone Mirena removal surgery due to IUD perforation, it is important to learn your legal options. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.
A dislocated IUD can cause a number of complications, including:
While Bayer advised doctors of the most common Mirena side effects, they failed to properly warn patients of the risk of perforation after the devices were in place. In fact, the company was reprimanded several times by the FDA for failing to disclose safety risks.
Instead, Mirena was marketed to busy moms at organized and scripted “Mom Central” parties, where they were told by company representatives and nurses that the device would help with intimacy and make them “look and feel great.”
If you have experienced side effects from a Mirena IUD, your doctor can advise you about treatment options, and whether Mirena removal surgery is necessary for you.
It is equally important that you speak with a lawyer. They can explain the current litigation involving Mirena, as well as whether your case may qualify and how long you have to take action.
The DrugNews Center recommends only qualified defective drug law firms that have already handled Mirena lawsuits.
For more information on the side effects, warnings and legal action related to the Mirena IUD, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.