Non-Surgical Essure Procedure Now Offered
November 13, 2008
Franklin Health Women's Care obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Susan Kearing is now offering the Essure procedure, a type of permanent birth control, for area women. Essure works with a woman's body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy.
This non-surgical procedure uses a local anesthesia and involves placing a small, flexible spring-like device (called a micro-insert) into each fallopian tube using a small catheter. Over a period of three months, body tissue grows into the inserts, which blocks the fallopian tubes and prevents pregnancy.
"This is a wonderful option for permanent birth control that is yielding very high patient satisfaction," said Dr. Kearing. "I am thrilled to be able to provide patients with this minimally invasive technique."
It only takes about 15-30 minutes to perform the Essure procedure and it can be done without general anesthesia. Women are discharged about 45 minutes after the procedure, which is followed by minimal pain and a quick recovery. Three months after the Essure procedure, an Essure Confirmation Test, is performed to confirm that the tubes are fully blocked and that the women can rely on Essure for permanent birth control.
"Unlike birth control pills, patches, rings, and some forms of IUDs, Essure does not contain hormones to interfere with the menstrual cycle," said Dr. Kearing. "Periods should more or less continue in their natural state."
Jennifer Decker, 35, of New Sharon was one of the first women to have the procedure done. "I did not have any problems at all and was actually able to get back to my normal routine that very day, which includes caring for four children ages 6 months to 12 years," said Decker. "I experienced very little discomfort and would definitely recommend it to women thinking about permanent contraception."
The Essure procedure is covered by most health insurance plans. Check with your health insurance company to see if the Essure procedure is covered.
Dr. Kearing joined Franklin Health Women's Care in 2007. Franklin Health Women's Care offers a full-range of women's health services at its offices in the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center in Farmington.
For additional information call Franklin Health Women's Care at 778-6394.
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