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Implanon Insert and Removal 

The insertion or removal of medical devices is a common procedure performed to place or extract devices within the body for various purposes. One such device is the Implanon contraceptive implant, a small rod inserted under the skin of the upper arm to provide long-term birth control. 

Implanon Insertion Procedure:
The Implanon insertion procedure begins with the patient lying comfortably on an examination table. Our doctors provider cleans the insertion site, typically on the inner side of the non-dominant upper arm, with an antiseptic solution to reduce the risk of infection. Using a specialized applicator, the provider inserts the flexible, matchstick-sized implant under the skin. Once inserted, the implant releases a steady dose of progestin hormone to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. The procedure is quick, usually taking only a few minutes, and is performed in an outpatient setting.

 

Implanon Removal Procedure:
The Implanon removal procedure is also performed in an outpatient setting and typically takes only a few minutes. Our doctor numbs the insertion site with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Using a small incision or a specialized removal device, the doctor locates the implant and gently removes it from the surrounding tissue. Once removed, the insertion site is covered with a bandage, and the patient can resume normal activities immediately.

Benefits of Implanon:

  • Highly effective: Implanon is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, making it one of the most reliable forms of contraception available.

  • Long-lasting: Once inserted, Implanon provides continuous birth control for up to three years without the need for daily maintenance.

  • Reversible: Implanon can be removed at any time by a healthcare provider, allowing for a quick return to fertility.

  • Convenient: Unlike daily birth control pills or monthly injections, Implanon requires minimal effort and provides hassle-free contraception.

 

Risks of Implanon:

  • Side effects: Common side effects of Implanon may include irregular menstrual bleeding, headache, weight gain, and breast tenderness.

  • Migration or expulsion: In rare cases, the implant may migrate within the arm or become partially or fully expelled from the body.

  • Infection: As with any medical procedure, there is a small risk of infection at the insertion or removal site.

 

Post-Procedural Care:
After Implanon insertion or removal, patients are advised to keep the insertion site clean and dry for a few days to minimize the risk of infection. It's normal to experience some bruising, swelling, or tenderness at the insertion or removal site, which typically resolves within a few days. Patients should follow any additional post-procedural instructions provided by their healthcare provider.


The insertion and removal of medical devices, such as the Implanon contraceptive implant, offer safe and effective options for long-term birth control. Whether seeking contraception or considering removal, consulting with a healthcare provider is essential to discuss individual needs, benefits, and potential risks. With proper care and guidance, patients can make informed decisions about their reproductive health and well-being.

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