Have you suffered complications from the Paragard intrauterine device (IUD)? You may be entitled to compensation.
WHAT IS PARAGARD?
An IUD (also known as an IUC — intrauterine contraception) is a flexible, T-shaped piece of plastic placed within the uterus to prevent conception.
The Paragard IUD is flexible plastic wrapped in copper wire. The copper makes the uterus inhospitable to sperm, which, in turn, prevents conception for up to 10 years.
Of the five IUDs approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, only Paragard is hormone-free. This makes it a popular option for women who want to avoid the known risks of blood clots that hormone-based IUDs can cause.
PARAGARD IUD ARMS CAN BREAK DURING REMOVAL
Two monofilament strands attached to the bottom of the Paragard allow a doctor to remove the IUD at any time. It should remain in one piece during removal. Unfortunately, hundreds of doctors and patients have reported cases where one or both “arms” of the Paragard IUD broke off during removal, leaving the broken piece(s) behind in the uterus.
MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS FROM THE BREAKAGE OF PARAGARD IUD ARMS
Removing the broken pieces can be painful, invasive, and even life-altering. Some women may never be able to have a vaginal childbirth, while others may never be able to have children at all.
Surgical procedures to locate and remove the broken pieces of a Paragard IUD can include:
- Hysteroscopy: a fiber-optic tube that is inserted into the vagina to examine the cervix and inside of the uterus.
- Laparoscopy: a fiber-optic tube is inserted through the abdominal wall to view the organs.
- Laparotomy: surgical incision into the abdominal cavity.
- Hysterectomy: the surgical removal of the uterus. Some hysterectomies (“full” or “total” hysterectomies) also include the removal of the cervix, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes. Women who need hysterectomies may also need a life-long course of hormone replacement therapy.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
If you or someone you care about was harmed by using a Paragard IUD, contact Brown & Crouppen today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
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