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Novasure..Not So Sure The Complications I Endured
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In 2008 my doctor assured me that my long battle with anemia and painful heavy bleeding during my menstrual cycle would be over after a simple outpatient procedure called Novasure. In medical terms it is a endometrial ablation. What was supposed to be a simple 90 second procedure that has turn into anything but simple.
Two years later I am battling to find the reason why I am the exception to the rule. Bouncing from Doctor to Doctor having pain meds thrown at me and told they can’t find a reason for my pain. The only way to find out if I could have a severed nerve etc is to have a hysterectomy of which my insurance denied based on my age and that I only have one child.
What is ironic is that this procedure causes you to just about become sterile with a less than 10 percent chance of conception and birth control to prevent this is more than just strongly recommend they almost insist on it. The reason for this well if you were to become pregnant it would cause life threatening complications to both you and the baby. To break it down get pregnant after this procedure you die and so does they baby.
I was once an outgoing full time mom and fitness trainer working 60 hours a week and still having the energy to go out at night and have some adult fun. Now I live in constant daily pain. No energy to do the things I once loved. Can’t sit or stand for any length of time. Chores take me twice as long as they used to if I can do them at all. No long distance trips, no dancing, no working out at the gym…
The Novasure website claims that 9 out of 10 women have had a positive outcome with this procedure. Now in small numbers the odds sound good which is my guess as to why they use this method of proving success. Now in larger numbers it doesn’t sound as good. If you consider that to date 500,000 women have had this done that means that 50,000 have had complications.
Granted yes even that number in comparison to the number of successful procedures is low but how many are not being reported? How many women don’t realize they have the right to report complications to the FDA.? I know I didn’t until just recently. How many Doctors and Health Care Workers out there are not reporting complications….
After reading what seemed like hundreds of blogs and message boards of other women having similar and worse issues after this procedure I checked the FDA website and was shocked at the number of complications that have been reported including deaths.
Here is something else I discovered and I couldn’t even believe that this was possible but evidently the Novasure device is a Class III medical device that received pre-market approval by FDA which basically protects the company from lawsuits and in essence is protected by the FDA. Though they won’t tell you that of course. Basically there is not a Law firm or Lawyer that will touch a case involving this device. I discovered this when I went searching for others that had complications after this procedure and possibly if their might be a class action lawsuit involving this device.
Going in my third year of trying to regain my life I become more regretful that I had this done, more frustrated that I can‘t take it back and get resolve it, and more infuriated at the medical profession at large. Leaves me saying Novasure hmmm Not so Sure now….
This leads me to say to the other women out there considering this procedure please do your research, don’t go into this lightly. Question your doctor make sure he or she has done this procedure and what the success rate has been. Question them as if you life depends on it because it does.