Filshie Clips Lawsuit

Filshie Clips, small clips used to clamp off the fallopian tubes in many tubal ligation surgeries, may migrate or cause other serious and painful complications. Filshie Clips lawsuits are now being investigated on behalf of women who were allegedly harmed by these devices.

Filshie Clip Legal Reviews

The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now offering free, legal reviews to women who may have experienced or are experiencing painful complications following tubal ligation surgery with Filshie Clips, including:

  • Filshie Clip migration
  • Massive swelling in the abdomen
  • Pain in or around the uterus
  • Heavy menstrual flow
  • Headaches
  • Endometriosis
  • Weight gain
  • Stabbing pains
  • Pain during intercourse

To learn more about filing a Filshie Clip lawsuit, please contact our office at (888) 994-5118.

Filshie Clips Migration Reports

Filshie Clips have been available in the U.S. for tubal ligation surgery since 1997, when they were first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Worldwide, they have been used in millions of women as a permanent method of sterilization. In recent years, however, a growing number of case reports have discussed intances were the clips migrated and caused women to suffer severe pain and other complications. A few of these reports are discussed below:

  • 2005: Two cases of Filshie Clips migration were reported by the Ulster Medical Society. In one of the cases, a clip had migrated to the bladder of a 46-year-old woman. In the other, the migration of a Filshie Clip to the caecum caused a 45-year-old patient to experience symptoms that mimicked appendicitis.
  • 2006: A report published in The British Medical Journal detailed the case of a 35-year-old woman who presented with severe pelvic pain. The patient had undergone a tubal ligation three years earlier, and it was ultimately discovered that one of the Filshie Clips used in her surgery had migrated. Once the clip was retrieved, her symptoms subsided.
  • 2007: According to a report published in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons, a woman who underwent a Filshie Clip tubal ligation in 2002 presented three years later with recalcitrant peri-anal sepsis. Her condition was found to be the result of a migrating clip.
  • 2015: The Journal of Medical Case Reports published what was believed to be the first reported case of a patient with multiple groin hernias associated with migration of a Filshie clip.

Filing a Filshie Clip Lawsuit May Help

Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s investigation is only in it preliminary stages, and no Filshie Clips lawsuits have yet been filed. However, if it is found that Filshie Clips suffer from design defects, or that device manufacturers failed to adequately warn of their risks, litigation is possible. Women who experienced clip migration or other complications may then be entitled to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their injury-related damages, including:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Disability

If you would like to discuss your experience with Filshie Clips with one of our attorneys, please call (888) 994-5118 to arrange for a free, no-obligation legal review.

  1. Ulster Medical Society (2005) “Migration of Filshie clips–report of two cases and review of the literature.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2475370/?page=1
  2. British Medical Journal (2006) “Migrating Filshie clip: an unmentioned complication of female sterilization” http://jfprhc.bmj.com/content/32/3/188.full.pdf
  3. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons (2007) “Extruded Filshie Clip Presenting as an Ischiorectal Abscess” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2173192/
  4. Journal of Medical Case Reports (2015) “Filshie clip migration with multiple groin hernias: a case report” http://www.jmedicalcasereports.com/content/9/1/187
Last Modified: March 2, 2016

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