Unlike traditional surgical tubal ligation, the Essure hysteroscopic sterilization procedure requires no anesthesia and no cutting. This revolutionary form of sterilization can be done in our office (Dr. Leuci was the first in Greater Binghamton to perform this procedure in an office setting) and is approved by the FDA. The procedure is performed by inserting spring-like coils or micro-inserts into the fallopian tubes through natural pathways in the body. Essure is a non-reversible procedure and is recommended for women who do not want children in the future.
Essure is the first FDA-approved method of hysteroscopic sterilization. This means that it is permanent birth control, with no incisions. The procedure is performed by placing a hysteroscope (about 1/4″ in diameter) through the cervix and into the uterus. The uterus is filled with fluid, and light allows for the visualization of the openings to the fallopian tubes. The Essure device is passed through the hysteroscope along a wire and into the openings of the fallopian tubes on both sides. The device is then held in place by small coils. After about three months, the body’s natural healing process scars the tubes and they become permanently closed. Twelve weeks after the procedure, you will be asked to undergo a test called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG). This test confirms that placement was correct, and that you are permanently sterilized.
The entire procedure (including set up and recovery) takes about 30 minutes.
Most patients tolerate the procedure very well and need only minimal pain medication.
No. Dr. Leuci is proud to have been the first physician in the Greater Binghamton area to perform this procedure in the office. This saves my patients the time and inconvenience of going to the hospital for pre-operative lab work and registration. When done in my office, patients avoid the use of IV medications and the added time spent at the hospital, so they can return to normal activities sooner.
We do offer patients the option to have the procedure done at the hospital if they prefer that.