Mirena IUD to be Surgically Removed, HELP!

Regina - posted on 10/11/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I need answers that my Dr., unfortunately is not willing to give me. I have had this 5 year IUD in me, for 7 years! I have tried to have it removed by 3 different Dr.s, been scheduled for surgery, sent me home (cause I drank coffee) oops, Then a different Dr, thought she was absolutely certain that she would be able to remove it with some metal tool. Tried for an hour, without success and now I am scheduled for surgery , again.. at the end of the month! The problem is, the ultra sound revealed my uterus is enlarged and the iud is attached to the wall of it, so why would the Dr. try to remove it , in office? Was this medical misconduct? malpractice? Or just plain stupidity? Do we have any right to sew these people for all this Pain, suffering and other complications that this has caused us? I don't know what will happen when I go in for surgery, but knowing my luck, its not looking good for me. Anyone Help!

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Filipina - posted on 10/13/2011

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Dear Regina, first and foremost I want to tell you I am a doctor but I specialize in ENT-Head & Neck Surgery, not OB-GYN. But I can give you a medical opinion. As doctors, our goal is to do no harm! The first time you were scheduled for surgery and did not push through was for your benefit. We strictly tell patients not to eat and drink anything at least 6 hours prior to surgery because once you are sedated and you have something in your stomach you can vomit and aspirate the contents in your lungs. This can cause death.
My point is, there is only one attempt to remove the IUD. My next point is about choosing your doctor. Number one, you should be very comfortable with her. You should be able to ask questions and she should give her honest expert opinion. Your letter sounds like you have lost your faith and you are not comfortable with your doctor. Before thinking of suing your doctor think first of yourself. You want this IUD out as it can cause infections, perforation and later infertility. Get a second opinion asap. In our medical practice we have standard protocols in approaching a case which are based on studies. Do this procedure first, if this does not work do this next. If a doctor does not follow a protocol he is questioned and reprimanded by colleagues, This happens in the university and teaching hospitals were our cases are audited by our peers.
What I am recommending is for you to seek a second opinion in university clinic facilities as these doctors will more likely practice intelligently and not for money.
Have that IUD removed first by a good doctor (before thinking lawsuits) whom you are comfortable with and have faith. Look for the 3 C's--Competence, Compassionate, Caring! Be optimistic that you can find that doctor.

Amie - posted on 10/11/2011

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Ok first; after the original surgery was cancelled - why did you not immediately go back into the doctor's office to book another one? It's not the doctor's responsibility to chase down patients. They were fully within their rights to send you home if you did not listen to the pre-op instructions.

2ndly; Did the 2nd doctor do the ultrasound? Did she even know about it? Did she see it? If she didn't; how is she going to know the IUD is embedded?

Lastly; I honestly don't think there's a single thing your doctors have done wrong. I don't understand why you switched doctors EACH time you tried to have it removed. This speaks more of you not going in as soon as you should have or keeping up with appointments, IMO.

Amber - posted on 10/13/2011

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I got mine surgically removed last year because it got embedded into my uterine wall.... and I only had mine for 18 months. With routine checkups... my Dr told me some people's bodies just don't accept it. I don't think you should Sue anyone but I do suspect that oneday there will be a class action sit against Myrna .... I wouldn't continue to wait either cause once its embedded it can push they your uterus and then they have to do a hystorectomy... since mine was removed I was able to get preggo and I just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. The surgary was very easy and not painful. I wish you the best of luck...

Monique - posted on 10/12/2011

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I also have the mirena, and the doctor made it clear to me that I have to go for a yearly check-up. I think you should make sure you did your part before you consider law suits... And I would definitely advise you to find something to turn all you "negative" thinking into "positive" thinking - that would help allot with with more than one aspect in you life - Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 10/11/2011

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I know this happens but didn't you go for yearly check ups to make sure the doctor could still feel the strings? And my second question is how long ago did you find out it was embedded? Did you find out at 5 years that it was embedded and it's taken 2 years to find a doctor to surgically remove it? I guess before i can answer your question on medical malpractice I need to know the answer to those questions, I highly doubt you can sue for malpractice since you have been to 3 different doctors to have it removed but again I need more information.
Sorry I wasn't a lot of help.

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Fafy - posted on 09/24/2012

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Hi regina Ive been using copper T IUD for 10 years never had any problem.2008 I change it to a new one after three years I was pregnent with the IUD lost the baby of 8 weeks ,I went to the Dr to remove the IUD he couldnt find it he tried 2 different times then he sent me to a specialist she tried no luck after I did 2 ultra sound and it was there I think it was stuck inside (somewhere)

that was in april 2012,I went this thursday 20 sep 2012 for the operation when I woke up they told me they didnt find the IUD but she found something but couldnt take it out she was scared of bleeding cause she wasnt sure what was that....now what, I asked her she said we will do the MLI when we can take an appt then we go for another opperation like C section...now im here in pain I work with small babies ( I have to work ) ,so I went today to my dr he will follow up with them...so before u go to the operation ask for MLI so they will know where it is ( I didnt know that) and I dont now what to do

so good luck

Jeanne - posted on 10/15/2011

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I have a Mirena IUD and love it! The first one was just removed after being in for the stated 5 year period. I am now 2 months into the second IUD. After having the first one inserted I had cramping on and off for a few months. I went to my OB/GYN and they did an ultrasound and found everything to be where it should be. We decided that if the cramping continued I would have it removed. Well, it subsided after a few months and then my periods basically stopped. I had some spotting at the time I would have gotten a regular period, but nothing much. I haven't had to use anything more than a panti liner in the last 5 years and I LOVE IT!!
I made sure to attend every scheduled yearly exam where my doctor checked for the string. At the 5th year appointment I let the doctor know when she walked in the room that it was time to take out my Mirena IUD and replace it with another one. I was given a small card when I had the first IUD inserted and took it with me to every appt., which is recommended. That helped me, as well as my doctor, to know when it needed to be replaced.
I wish you luck with your removal and pray you recover well. Unless you tried having it removed after 5 years and a doctor told you it didn't need to be removed, I see no real reason to sue. As one woman said, the immediate thought of sueing doctors is why health care is so astronomical.

Alexandra - posted on 10/13/2011

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concentrate on taking care of yourself, have it done and recover well from it. then you can proceed with a laywer if you want. you have quite a few years to sue if you want. just take of yourself first, that's the most important now.

Donna - posted on 10/13/2011

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I would cause you go what I went through when I had an IUD. I had severe bleeding and then I got those fibroid tumors and had to have a complete hystorectomy. I had everything removed. Wow that is long time to wear and IUD. I would check into your why you work it so long without any doctor not checking it. I hope this is a help but check everything out as much as you can

Pamela - posted on 10/13/2011

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You can only sue if it caused you permanate damage,that you cant live with and it would most likely be suing the maker od the IUD

Lorrie - posted on 10/13/2011

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Wow, I have Mirena too this is my second one put didn't you go to your Gyn for regular checkups thats's what I did she checked for the string and me in the beginning now I have it checked once a year it's only a 5 yr Mirena your doctor is suppose remove it after that i'am so sorry for all your pain and suffering if your doctor is at fault.Mirena isn't for everyone good luck !

Anike - posted on 10/13/2011

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Several years ago I had this device inserted by my doctor. within a week I could hardly walk and was in extreme pain. I drove myself to the doctor's office in tears without an appointment and was seen. When they did a regular exam it could not be found...I was on my way to the hospital when the ultrasound tech returned. They took a look and could not find it...they took another look and found that the IUD had traveled. They were able to remove it in the office but it took time. Once removed the pain went away. I am not sure if you have a case but I would give it a try. The surgery will be fine. I have had several procedures where portions of me where attached to my uterus. They were able to remove them without any major complications.

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I have the mirena and love it, i have experienced no complications. However if u read the pamphlet or listen to the commercials they state that it can become embeded. I know they recommend yearly checkups to check placement of iud as well as general women health.

But as stated previously would need lots more info on why all the doc switches and so forth. So please fill us in so we can give u better advice.

Audrey - posted on 10/12/2011

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I agree with a few of the previous post. There are lots of factors that are unknown as to what exactly lead up to your current condition. Without the facts, it's really difficult for us to help.

With that said, I have experienced issues myself that I have never experienced before Mirena. It's been 2 years for me and I'm convinced that I will have it removed very soon. My husband told me to have it removed months ago and he was convinced that it was Mirena causing all of my issues. I kept asking my gyn and she kept assuring me that there was no evidence to support Mirena being the cause of any of my issues. It may work for some women, but I would definitely not advise anyone to chose this method of b/c.

The surgery should be done in a hospital as an outpatient procedure. When I got mine, my gyn said that there were a few incidents where it wasn't easily removed. The patient was then scheduled to have it removed in the hospital, put under and then it was quick and painless.

I wish you the best.

Brittan - posted on 10/12/2011

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Thank you Pamela! for the sue/sew comment!
"suing" would depend on the circumstances. why did it take 2 years. and I agree, them discharging you for not following pre-op procedure is on you, not them. You should have immediately scheduled another surgery, then you wouldn't be in this pickle.
Either way, good luck and I hope everything turns out. This is why I do not use IUD's and never ever will.

Pamela - posted on 10/12/2011

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First, get rid of the NEGATIVE..."but knowing my luck" attitude because we CREATE OUR REALITY WITH OUR WORDS. Speak positively. " I know that this surgery will remove the IUD and that my uterus will heal properly and allow me to carry other children if I so choose".

My Mother, who is now in Spirit form, was a well loved and respected RN for many years. She warned me as an adult "Don't get an IUD. They irritate the uterus lining and can cause a myriad of problems". I listened and never used an IUD. I did pills in my early twenties and stopped them to get pregnant when I chose.

Prayerfully when the IUD is removed successfully, and I "see" it being so, don't choose that form of birth control again.

As for "suing" doctors......why do you think they are so expensive now? Their malpractice insurance games cause higher rates for all patients. Will money won in a successful lawsuit replace your pain and suffering? NO!!!! Will it heal anything or anyone or simply cause more problems for others? Think about it.

Americans are famous for "suing" and WE ALL LOSE as a result thereof.

BTW it's spelled S-U-E, not S-E-W. Though you might want to suggest to the doctor who "sold" you on the IUD, to sew his or her lips shut so that they don't give out such poor advice anymore. There should be plenty of suturing material and needles in the office to accommodate the process. LOL!!! (Just joking!)

Dora - posted on 10/12/2011

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I have to agree with Amy, why would it take two years for doctors to have it removed?

Ez - posted on 10/11/2011

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Whether or not it's malpractice depends on several things. Did you try to have it removed on time and the doctors blew you off? If so, did it then become embedded after that? Did you have regular check ups throughout those 5 years?

Or, were you late making an appointment for it's removal, didn't attend any regular appointments and when you finally went in they found the problem and then it has taken them this long to find a solution? (Although I will certainly say that even if you were less than compliant with your check ups, it shouldn't have taken 2 years for them to take you to surgery).

But as things are, I would be more focused on getting it out and recovering from what will likely be quite a big surgery.

Janelle - posted on 10/11/2011

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many women are having problems with mirena. a lot of doctors aren't listening, and the drug company doesn't care! i had mine out 2 years ago and still have bad effects from it! no one should have this torture device!

Tinker1987 - posted on 10/11/2011

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Im sorry to hear,that sounds scary. i would definetly look into malpractice beacuse letting it go on for 7 years and not 5 seems wrong.

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