The procedure is covered by major health insurance carriers, including Medicaid, according to the website.
The procedure is normally recommended for women who have both Fallopian tubes, but some patients only have one. Some patients may have a genetic abnormality which caused them to have only one Fallopian tube, and others may have had one of their tubes surgically removed.
Siegle said the team’s first research paper indicated that the procedure can benefit women who do not have both tubes.
“What we showed is that we’re capable of performing sterilization on those patients that have one Fallopian tube and that it is an effective sterilization procedure for those patients, so that they don’t have to undergo surgery,” he said.
The second paper focused on women who have had their tubes tied but later required a hysterectomy. The research team found that it is possible to perform hysterectomies in those cases and remove the Essure implants without having to make an incision in the abdomen.
Siegle said researchers reviewed case studies on three women who had single Fallopian tubes and two patients who had hysterectomies.
‘It doesn’t sound like a lot of cases, but it’s a lot more than anybody else has done, which is why it was accepted,” he said.