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Filshie Clip Tubal Ligation Lawsuit Attorney

Our lawyers are actively reviewing potential lawsuits for women who were injured by the Filshie Clip, a birth control device that has been found to move out of position, migrate, break, and cause other severe health complications. Lawsuits allege that many recipients were not told that Filshie Clips would be used to sterilize them or what the risks and complications are.
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How Do Filshie Clips Work?

Filshie clips are silicone-lined, titanium devices that have been routinely used for sterilization procedures since 1981. The device works by cutting off the blood supply to the Fallopian tube, causing the 2 ends of the tube to separate and fall apart, thus preventing the sperm and eggs from meeting.

The Filshie Clip was invented by Marcus Filshie, an obstetrician and gynecologist who was seeking an alternative to electrocautery, an earlier form of sterilization. The clips were manufactured, sold, and distributed as part of “a minimally invasive, easy, and simple form of sterilization” known as the Filshie Tubal Ligation System, an alternative to “tubes tied” surgery.

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What’s the Problem with the Filshie Clip Sterilization Device?

Many women who had a Filshie Clip implanted to prevent pregnancy have reported suffering severe pain and/or perforation of tissue caused by device migration.

Women in this situation have experienced years of agony and were often told there was an unknown cause for the problem. This is why it is so important that the clips are identified and removed before the clips migrate and to reduce the risk of complications in additional women.

The use of Filshie Clips birth control was often not communicated to women being sterilized, resulting in the need for multiple investigations to identify the cause of pain. When women were informed that they were being implanted with Filshie clips, the risks and complications were downplayed or not mentioned.

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Filshie Clip Complications

  • Severe pain
  • Migration of the Filshie Clip
  • Filshie Clip birth control embedded in the lungs, abdominal wall, uterus, or groin
  • Tissue perforation
  • Filshie Clip expelled through the urethra
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Post tubal ligation syndrome
  • Other complications

Filshie Clip Migration

Case reports have found that Filshie Clips can migrate after being implanted, causing chronic abdominal pain and hernias. Some women who have suffered Filshie Clip migration have reported having heavier and sometimes painful periods after surgery on their fallopian tubes. The number of women reporting heavy periods increased from 9% before surgery to 35% after surgery.

In 1996, Femcare Ltd. advised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in seeking approval to market the Filshie Clip that the device experienced “migration or expulsion” (“adverse effect”) at a rate of 0.13%.

“Of the 5454 women who were enrolled in the ten prospective FHI clinical trials reported in the submission and who were sterilized using Filshie Clip tubal occlusion system, eight (0.1%) women were reported to have experienced instances of clip migration, clip expulsion, or foreign body reaction,” the case report said. “Three instances of apparently asymptomatic migration of the clip were observed as incidental findings, but the frequency of this event is unknown.”

 

Products Liability Lawsuit Alleges Filshie Clip Maker Failed to Warn Patients

In January 2022, medical device manufacturers CooperCompanies and Utah Medical Products were hit with a product liability lawsuit [2] in the Florida Federal Court Middle District over the manufacture and distribution of Filshie Clip devices.

The complaint was filed on behalf of 4 women who claim that the companies failed to inform patients of risks associated with the Filshie Clip, in particular as a result of clips migrating after surgery.

The lawsuit is 6:22-cv-00177, Rebando et al v. CooperSurgical, Inc. et al. Filshie.

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If you or a loved one need to have your Filshie Clip removed, or removal was recommended by your doctor, you should contact our lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP immediately by using the form below or calling our defective product law firm toll-free 24 hrs/day by dialing (866) 588-0600 to schedule a free case review and legal options.

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References:

  1. https://www.law360.com/articles/1596286/birth-control-clip-wreaked-havoc-on-bodies-women-claim
  2. https://www.law.com/dailybusinessreview/2022/01/31/products-liability-suit-alleges-medical-device-makers-failed

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