May 26, 2012
Wesley Hodgson, M.D., used Essure to provide birth control for dozens of women while working as a physician in the U.S. military; in February, he performed the procedure for the first time at his Veterans Drive office. He and Lorraine Chun, M.D., are happy to be able to offer the minimally invasive method to women who have decided their families are complete.
Essure has several advantages over other methods:
• It’s incision free.
• It does not require general anesthesia.
• No hormone replacement is needed.
• The procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office.
• Recovery is quick. After the ten-minute procedure, most patients go home within 45 minutes and are back to regular activity in less than a day.
• It’s 99.8 percent effective and permanent.
How Does Essure Work?
An Essure-certified physician positions a soft, flexible insert into each fallopian tube. The insert, which looks like a tiny spring, is made of the same non-silicone material used to make heart stents. No incision is necessary.
Over the next three months, the woman’s body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier against pregnancy. After those three months, the doctor will perform a test to confirm that the tubes are completely blocked.
Dr. Hodgson said that all of his Essure patients have been very happy with the procedure. “Many of my patients request permanent birth control right after they have a baby. This is a great alternative to tubal ligation because there is virtually no down time. You don’t want to be unable to get out of bed for three or four days when you have a new baby to care for. It’s great, too, for women who are not good candidates for surgery. While I was in the Navy, we found Essure to be the best permanent birth control method for women.
“Although new to this area, Essure has been available in the United States for 11 years. It’s quick and safe, and there are no long-term side effects. I believe it’s the most effective technique we have.”
The cost of Essure is covered by most health insurance providers.
Fauquier Health OB/GYN
Wesley Hodgson, M.D.
Lorraine Chun, M.D.
253 Veterans Drive
Warrenton, VA 20186