Women who were injured by the Filshie Clip birth control device have filed lawsuits after it moved out of position (migrated), broke, or needed surgery.
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What is the Filshie Clip?
The Filshie Clip® is a birth control device that was approved in September 1996. The device is a silicone-lined, titanium clip that is placed on the fallopian tubes during a minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery that usually lasts about 30 minutes.
How Does It Work?
The clip is supposed to pinch the fallopian tubes and causes scar-tissue to close the tubes and permanently prevent the fertilization of egg and sperm. It was advertised as a quick alternative to traditional tubal ligation surgery (or “having your tubes tied”) for women who want to avoid pregnancy.
What is the Problem?
Before the Filshie Clip was approved, the manufacturer told the FDA that it had only a 0.13% risk of migration. Over the years, patient data showed that the actual migration risk was up to 25%, but the manufacturer never studied the issue or warned patients and doctors.
Migration Problems With Filshie Clips
Lawsuits allege that Filshie Clips can actually dissolve a woman’s fallopian tubes, which allows the clip to move out of position. In some cases, the Filshie Clip migrates in the abdomen and causes severe pain, organ damage, nerve damage, or becomes embedded in nearby tissues such as the uterus, vagina, rectum, bladder, or intestines.
Women May Need Multiple Corrective Surgeries
When the Filshie Clip causes serious complications, women may need to undergo multiple surgeries to remove the clips, repair the damage, or have a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the reproductive organs).
Filshie Clip Lawsuits
The Filshie Clip has been implanted in over 10,000 women since it was approved in 1996. Unfortunately, many of these women have needed surgery or experienced severe pain when it migrated or broke.
The first lawsuit, Bulox, et al. v. CooperSurgical Inc., et al. was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in 2021. Other federal lawsuits have been in at least 10 other states.
Lawsuit Filed by Group of 11 Women Injured by Filshie Clips
In April 2023, a group of 11 women who were injured filed a Filshie Clip lawsuit against the manufacturer, CooperSurgical Inc.
This lawsuit alleges that Filshie Clips “pose a significant health risk” because they move out of position so often. When this complication occurs, the clips can wreak “havoc on the female body.”
For example, one woman said she experienced pain and difficulty standing. One of her Filshie Clips were found embedded in her uterus; the other was broken. Another woman in the lawsuit said her Filshie Clips migrated into her abdomen and near an ovary, causing severe pain. Yet another woman said she had difficulty walking due to pain.
The lawsuit is Walsh, et al. v. CooperSurgical Inc., et al — Case Number FBT-CV23-6123122-S.
Filshie Clip Lawsuit Filed by Woman Who Needed Hysterectomy
In March 2023, a judge ruled that a woman’s Filshie Clip lawsuitcould move forward, after rejecting the manufacturers’ claim of immunity.
The lawsuit was filed by a Jackie M., a woman from Alabama who claims that CookerSurgical and Femcare Ltd failed to warn her about the actual risk of the Filshie Clips moving out of position. In her lawsuit, she claims that migration “was not an anomaly, as it was occurring in over 25% of patients.”
Her lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (Southern Division) — Case Number 1:22-cv-54-RAH.
Filshie Clip Health Risks
- Severe pain
- Migration (clip moves out of position)
- Clip breaks
- Clip embeds in the uterus, ovaries, vagina, intestines, or other tissues
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Abscess or sepsis
- Needing additional surgery
- Patient may need to have clips removed
- And more
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