We have been receiving an increasing number of inquiries from women throughout the United States who had Filshie clips used during tubal ligation who subsequently got pregnant because the Filshie clips were improperly placed or the Filshie clips migrated, causing unwanted pregnancies and/or severe pain and other serious complications.
Cooper Surgical, which manufactures Filshie clips, states on its website: “Millions of women worldwide have undergone successful sterilization with the Filshie Tubal Ligation System. With the lowest failure rate among mechanical implants, Filshie is an effective, immediate and trusted method for female sterilization. Filshie may be utilized during interval laparoscopic procedures, at the time of Cesarean delivery or post-vaginal delivery via a minilaparotomy, making it one of the most versatile sterilization options available.”
More than 4 million women worldwide have undergone the Filshie clip tubal ligation procedure, with an advertised efficacy rate of 99.7%.
Cooper Surgical warns medical providers that they must “[i]dentify the fallopian tube” and “[a]lways verify clip placement on the correct structure and in the correct position.” If the Filshie clip is placed on the round ligament instead of the fallopian tube, or not properly placed on the Fallopian tube, pregnancy (including ectopic pregnancy) and other serious complications can occur.
The FDA has received numerous reports regarding adverse events involving Filshie clips, including: “Filshie clip was completely disconnected from the [left] tube and adhered in the mesosalpinx and to the cornul region of the uterus. Tubes separated bilaterally and filshie clip was not attached to the right fallopian tube as well which was just sitting in the mesosalpinx” (source); “patient became pregnant after tubal ligation utilizing filshie clips. The tubal ligation occurred in 2006. The patient entered the hospital on (b)(6) 2010 at 31 weeks gestation with preterm premature rupture of the membranes. The patient delivered one infant via vaginal delivery and another infant via c section. Two filshie clips were found. One clip stuck to the suction apparatus and the other was free floating in the abdomen” (source); “the pt had bilateral fallopian tube clip application with filshie clips in the year 2009 at unknown facility. She began having more pain recently and a ct scan showed the right fallopian tube clip was located in the lower pelvis on the left side of the pt. The findings revealed the pt had adhesions of the left fallopian tube and left fallopian tube clip to the left fallopian tube and left fallopian tube clip to the left pelvic sidewall. The right fallopian tube clip free-floating lying on the bladder flap near the left tube not with any attachments to the pt. Right fallopian tube was with evidence of separation” (source); “[o]n (b)(6) 2006, the doctor performed a female sterilization filshie clip tubal ligation procedure with no problems reported. On (b)(6) 2010, the pt called the doctor and explained that for 15 months she had been suffering pelvic pain. The doctor sent the pt for a ct scan which revealed that a filshie clip was loose (floating) within the pt’s abdomen” (source); “filshie clips were used to block my tubes instead of the procedure i agreed to. Neither clip is still on my tubes. The mri couldn’t even find the right clip, so i had an x-ray done to locate the missing clip. It was found down near my bladder area. Thousands of other women have had the same problems associated with these clips, so it is urgent that we get a class action suit filed so we can afford the surgery to have these clips removed” (source); “Filshie clips were used for a tubal ligation without consent. Since the procedure, i have experienced severe pain, changes in menstrual cycle, low hormones (along with its associated symptoms), emotional changes, and extreme depression. I want these removed” (source); “I had gotten the filshie clamps in (b)(6) 2012. Started having problems right after, told dr, he said give it time. So i did and i was still in a lot of pain and was bleeding for more than a month straight. I had a hysterectomy in (b)(6) of 2016” (source); “Tubal ligation clamps, i was not given the dangerous or warnings. I have since suffered with abdominal pain, sharp pain, heavy bleeding, and i have not felt like myself since the procedure” (source); “I have experienced depression with these clamps and severe pain on the right side of my abdomen. The pain is so severe i can’t stand up and have lay in a fetal position. I have severe rectum and pelvic pain, dizziness, nausea, and i have experienced an ectopic pregnancy. I have suffered emotionally through” (source); “Severe pain in my pelvic, rectum, and abdomen area. Severe dizziness and nausea. I had gotten pregnant once in my tubes. Painful periods and many hospital visits” (source); “Suffering from pelvic pain, irregular periods, headaches, thigh pain, heavy periods with clotting difficulties with bowel and bladder, irregular heart rate, fatigue. Since ligation. Asked for cut and tie just found out after 5 years that i had clips placed” (source); and, many, many more adverse events reported to the FDA involving Filshie clips.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or other harm as a result of Filshie clips in Maryland or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer (or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state) who may investigate your Filshie clip claim for you and represent you in a Filshie clip medical malpractice and/or product liability case, if appropriate.
Visit our website or call us toll-free in the United States at 800-295-3959 to find medical malpractice attorneys in Maryland or in your U.S. state who may assist you with your Filshie clips claim.
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