BAR HARBOR — Families who have determined they no longer want to have children now have a permanent birth control option that takes little time and involves none of the complications of surgery.Michael Heniser, DO, a family physician practicing at Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor, is now offering Essure, a safe, effective alternative to surgical solutions such as tubal ligation. The FDA-approved procedure is covered by most insurances including MaineCare.
“This gentle procedure can be performed in less than an hour,” said Dr. Heniser. The Essure procedure does not require any cutting into the body. Instead, Dr. Heniser inserts small flexible micro-inserts through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix and uterus) and into the patient’s fallopian tubes.
He was careful to point out that this procedure is only recommended for women who are certain they do not want more children.