August 7, 2013

My Essure experience.

Filed under: Boring Personal Stuff — Etakeh @ 1:40 pm

So, in the end, I wasn’t able to get the actual Essure device inserted.  This was not from lack of trying – Dr. Gill was awesome, “bomb-diggety”, in his words.  But thanks to a funky-shaped uterus and obstinate Fallopian tubes, it just wasn’t going to happen.

But I can share with you the procedure for the procedure.  It was really not so bad.   This is what I wrote while I was in the exam room, where the procedure occurs.

So I’m in the room.

Wasn’t able to pee in a cup, which they do to make sure that you aren’t pregnant.  Because that would be bad.

Then to the room. Bent over the table, got my shot in the ass. No biggie. I didn’t think they did that anymore, but the nurse said that they never turn down an opportunity for a butt-shot. I like her, she’s got a good sense of humor.

Then Dr. Gill came in, made sure I didn’t have any last minute concerns or questions. I didn’t, I’ve done my research and he was great about explaining it all at the earlier consult.

So he and the  nurse left so I could strip from the waste down (funny how it’s OK for him to be up-close and personal with my vagina, but I can’t take my pants off in front of him).  Can back in, got me into position for removing the IUD, and got to work.

He removed the IUD with no problem, then came the fun part. Two shots in the ligaments of the vagina.

It was a little weird, a little painful. But not really too bad. Not something I’m going to stand in line for…but not even as bad as the shots I got when they fixed my front teeth at the dentist.  The shots con tailed epinephrine and lidocaine.

So now I’m waiting for the shots to “set up”, so to speak. They said 10 to 15 minutes, then we can get right to it. They dilate me a bit put in the camera and a couple minutes later, we’re done.

Whoo. Better stop moving my head so quickly. A bit on the woozy side. Going to put this down now.

So that’s how that went.  And then the doc came in, and two assistants.  The set up the equipment, turned on the monitor, and got to work.  It was really fascinating, watching the progress through the uterus and the search for the tube entryways.  They used water to sort of “inflate” the uterus to make it easier to see inside.

Due to the odd shape of my uterus, it was a little difficult to find the tube entries to start with, and one was a little tucked in behind some fluffy tissue.  He used a more technical term, but I don’t remember it.  I was pretty floopy.

A second doc was called in to help with that hiding tube entry, but it was found and the Essure “injector” was inserted.  That’s when the problems started.

The idea is that the Essure device is like a little compressed spring, and when it’s inserted to the proper depth, they “deploy” it and it expands inside the tube.  If it’s not inserted to that depth, it will just spring out into the uterus and not really do any good.

The device was able to be inserted partially, but then started bending before it actually reached the optimum depth.  Dr. Gill tried multiple methods, multiple tools, all to no avail.  It just wasn’t going to happen.

So, in the end it could be considered a waste of time, but I did get through most of the prep, and it wasn’t so bad.  We were all pretty disappointed, probably Dr. Gill more than I am even.  But it wasn’t the fault of the doc. As he said, “Mother Nature is giving us the finger.”

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