Many women have undergone emergency Mirena removal surgery after they allegedly suffered significant side effects as a result of spontaneous migration of the IUD. These problems often result in the need for emergency surgery, and under such circumstances, Mirena IUD removal can result in serious complications and permanent injury, especially in cases where the device has become embedded in a woman’s uterus.
Mirena Removal Surgery Can be Risky
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Mirena, has promoted the implanted device as being a safe and an easily reversible long-acting birth control method. The IUD, which releases the hormone levonorgestrel, is a small, t-shaped device that is implanted in a woman’s uterus by a healthcare professional. Meant to remain in place for up to five years, Mirena is prescribed to prevent pregnancy or reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. Under normal circumstances, Mirena removal is an easy process in which a physician locates the Mirena’s guide strings that follow from the cervix.
In some cases, however, Mirena has migrated away from its original implant site, sometimes puncturing and moving outside of the uterus. Missing Mirena strings are typically among the first signs that this has occurred. If accompanied by severe abdominal pain or abnormal vaginal bleeding, it is a likely that the Mirena perforated the uterus. X-rays, ultrasonography, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the pelvis are often needed to locate the Mirena and surgery is needed for Mirena IUD removal.
Complications Associated With Removal
When Mirena removal is required because of a migrated IUD, the risk of complications can increase. For example, when Mirena migrates it may no longer prevent pregnancy. If a woman becomes pregnant in such an instance, Mirena removal could cause her to miscarry. However, allowing the IUD to remain in her body could result in infections and other problems that would also endanger her pregnancy. For this reason, prompt diagnosis of Mirena IUD complications is critical to reduce risks for severe, long-term injury.
Adverse event reports and Mirena IUD lawsuits continue to mount in the United States and more are expected given that 2 million women in the United States use the device. Mirena IUD lawsuits allege that Bayer has long overstated the device’s efficacy, while also minimizing the device’s negative side effects. Mirena lawsuits allege adverse events that include:
- Intestinal perforations or obstructions
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Ectopic pregnancies
A report released on AdverseEvents.com stated that 45,000 adverse event reports named the Mirena since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000.
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If you experienced complications after undergoing surgical removal of Mirena after the IUD migrated, and are considering filing a lawsuit, we can explain your legal rights and options. An attorney from Bernstein Liebhard LLP who understands the sensitive nature of Mirena complications will evaluate your case free of charge. To get started, please call 1-888-990-2869 or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form on this page and a member of our legal team will contact you immediately.