I gave birth to my 3rd child on 1/3/2011. I decided that I wanted to have my tubes tied so I would not have any more children. I was 36 years old. Because I went to a Catholic hospital, my doctor could not do the tubal ligation. He suggested the Essure device because he could have it done in his office. I read the literature, saw the FDA approval, and decided it was something I wanted to have done. When I went back for my 3 month check with the dye to see that it worked, the doctor noticed several LARGE fibroids that were not there before. My periods were so severe at this point that I would often bleed through a Super Plus tampon within 30 minutes. I was feeling extremely week, lethargic, and irritable during my menstral periods…which was not the case before the procedure. My periods used to only last 3 days, were extremely light, and didn’t affect my mood at all. When the fibroids were discovered, my doctor told me I could either live with it or have my uterus removed. I knew I did not want any other children, but did not want to go through Menopause early. He assured me that, because he would leave my ovaries in, I would not go through Menopause. I had the uterus removed in October 2011. I was sent home after 2 days in the hospital and was rushed back to the hospital 1 day after my release. My doctor resuspended my bladder by putting sutures around my ureters. On the right side, he actually blocked the ureter. My severe pain that brought me rushing back to the hospital was due to this suture. It was blocking any urine from passing from the kidney to the bladder. I had to have another surgery to put a stent into the ureter until the suture dissolved 6 weeks later. This was painful every day and bled all the time because it rubbed on the top of my bladder as I walked. After having the stent removed, I experiecnced similar pain on the same side and was rushed to the hospital again. This time, the ovary had flipped over on itself, causing tortion, and needed to be removed. I am now left with a blood clot that will never go away because it is imbedded in that vein wall, and only 1 ovary. I began experiencing the hot flashes and moodiness associated with menopause before I was 37.
I want someone to pay for what happened to me. I tried a malpractice suit against my doctor but was told by attorneys that, because I didn’t die, I wouldn’t have a strong enough case to bring to the medical board.