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Puncture or Perforation - Paragard IUD Complications

In severe cases, a Paragard IUD pierces the uterine wall, further aggravating the victim’s health condition and potentially necessitating corrective surgery (this is known as a primary perforation). Other organs close to the uterus are also at risk, immediately after insertion or in time, through subsequent erosion, or upon removal (also known as a secondary perforation).

Operating IUD retrievals should confirm that the integrity of the pelvis, abdomen, gastrointestinal tract, and bladder are without injury.

Uterine perforations can be complete, with the entire instrument puncturing the wall, migrating outside the uterus and into the abdominal cavity, or partial when only part of the IUD is lodged in the wall. Both categories describe similar symptoms.

Symptoms and Treatment

Complications do not usually appear right away. Patients may be asymptomatic for the most part or become aware much later.

Common effects include:

  • Extreme pelvic pain
  • Lower abdomen pain
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Exhaustion
  • Fever or chills
  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Elevated pulse
  • Unplanned pregnancy

Severe risks that can cause potentially life-threatening complications if left untreated:

  • Scarring or tearing of the uterus
  • Perforating organs
  • Bleeding or hemorrhaging
  • Infection
  • Miscarriage
  • Infertility

When uterine perforation occurs, surgical removal of the Paragard IUD is mandatory, and in some situations, more than one intervention may be necessary to locate and extract the device.

Hysteroscopy, endoscopy, or laparoscopy are performed to localize and retrieve the instrument. When all these techniques prove ineffective, exploratory laparotomy is generally advised.

Manufacturers may be held liable for the injuries caused by their product

If a Paragard IUD has caused you any serious harm and you have experienced side effects associated with uterine perforation, you are entitled to compensation.

Contact Atraxia Law without delay and we will discuss your further legal options.

You may be able to pursue financial reparation if a defective Paragard IUD has perforated your uterus or migrated out of place.

Call us today or fill in our case evaluation form for a free legal consultation about your case and find out whether you qualify to file a claim.

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