Shannon Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology is offering a revolutionary surgical procedure for female sterilization. The Essure procedure is the first surgical procedure for permanent birth control for women that does not involve a surgical incision and may eventually be offered in a physician's office like a vasectomy.

How does it work?

Currently a same-day surgical procedure, Essure utilizes an instrument called a hysteroscope that is inserted directly into the uterus through the cervix, avoiding the need for any abdominal incision that is currently required for tubal ligation procedures. Micro-inserts made from polyester fibers and safe metals are inserted directly into the fallopian tubes. Once the micro-inserts are in place, body tissue grows into this area, permanently blocking the tubes and preventing pregnancy. Unlike a vasectomy or tubal ligation, Essure is permanent, so the patient cannot reverse the procedure. The only way future pregnancy could be achieved is through in-vitro fertilization.

Contact us

For more information about Essure or other procedures, contact the Shannon Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology department at 325.481.2285 or 325.481.2270.

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