just got out of hospital to have 4 filchie clips removed, he found 1 and said the others are still there and hes not interested in removing them as he said the pain is not coming from them, this has been a 6 year trek to find my pain, im guttered he hasnt removed them. He said they can only go in one spot in the body and when he looked they were not there so live with it, they are titanium and fine left inside. I wont to kill all doctors that say this crap its getting old, and they have no idea what pain is. I think if i start saying im going to sue they might listen!!
I finally had my Exploratory laparacopic in Jan 2013 which LOW and behold she removed the clip that was migrated and while in the she discovered the right clip was hanging no longer attached to my right fallopian Tube and hanging on a ligament... smh... I no longer have the pain and I am no longer with mood swings like as if my hormones are getting back to normal =) who knows My follow up I told I am fine no pain and kinda crazy but my periods are normal 5-7 days on time to the date. My tubes only had minimal scar tissue stated at 1 cm on each tube everything else really good. I am relieved GET THESE AWFUL CLIPS OUT LADIES!
Hi, I'm 34 I had clips done in 2003 I found out in 2010 that one of my clips is missing and was told by 2 ob gyn after I had some mild dysplasia removed from my cervix. That if I was to become pregnant that by 12 weeks I would have to come in and have my cervix tacked. now I'm having symptoms of ip
Hi I'm going in for surgery at the end of the month to get these clips out too. I had one migrate to my left side and have had pain for years. He told me he was going to remove my tubes and hopefully find the migrated clip. We can see the placement on a x-ray so I'm hoping he can find it.
How was your recovery? I'm so nervous going in for this. I know I have to get them out but some of the stories about the surgeries are very scary to hear.
I was trying to post a link for you on Facebook Erin Brockovich
She has a case starting up for woman who are suffering with these clips.
Hi there -
If you can find the video on another site, like youtube or her website, you can post that link.
Hi, my name is michaela and I had clamps put on 02/04/2009 6 weeks after I gave birth to my fourth child at age 19. Since I got tha clamps on I have been in terrible abdominal pain many times would go to the er bcuz I couldnt even walk I was literally in a fetal position , each time Iwent to the er or to tha obgyn they would run every test possible and ccouldn't find anything wrong with me. I kept telling everyone I think its the clamps but couldnt find anybody to listen to me. So finally almost 5 years later I found an outstanding obgyn, I went in to see him and told him I thought is was my clamps and his said I dont think so bcuz u would have tha pain 24/7 nd it would b all over not just in certain spots at certain times, so he ran a bunch of tests even a pap smear nd prescribed me birth control pills for three months to c if they would help. He thought maybe it was endometriosis. Finally after all tha tests and takin birth control pills for three months I went back in for a normal check up nd he decided it was time to do exploratory surgery. So we scheduled the surgery I had the surgery done on 10/22/2013 and wen I woke up from tha surgery he told me that everything was fine and tha only thing he found wrong wit me was tha clamps had ate away at one of my fallopian tubes and they came off and migrated into my pelvic wall nd my organs so he removed them while was in there...since then I have not had ny abdominal pain except tha pain from tha surgery. I am so glad that he was willing to do exploratory surgery, bcuz without that I would still b in pain nd have those clamps in there but even tha doc didnt want to believe it was my clamps. When I woke up from surgery and he told me that it was tha clamps causing me all the pain and that I was right it felt so good to hear that. I told him maybe more of these doctors should listen theyre patients and believe them instead of taking theyre knowledge and training in medical to over power how a patient feels. But with that ending I am going to sue tha doctor that originally put tha clamps on bcuz she did not tell me that they can fall off nd migrate into ur organs or that they can ruin ur fallopian tubes due to her ignorance nd lack of respect I will never b able to have kids now nd on top of that I was in horrible pain for almost 5 years...
Hello ladies looks like we are all in the same situation. My tubes were tied back in 2006 and I had no idea they were using a clip. That is something my doctor failed to mention prior to the procedure. Anyway I began feeling random pain in my abdominal area specifically my belly button area. It felt like someone was stabbing me with a knife. Of course it was hard explaining this pain to my OBGYN. Well eventually the pain increased and I switched doctors, well my new doctor explored my theory. I am not sure why but maybe had something to do with me being a nurse student at the time. She sent me for an xray and what do you know? there was a clip lounged in my belly button on the X-Ray results. We scheduled a same day laparoscopic surgery. My OBGYN performed the procedure and the general surgeon was on call in case she needed him. Everything went well that happened back in 2011. Well it's November 2013 and I mysteriously started having the same constant pain I felt 2 years ago. I am 99.9% sure its the second clip that decided to make it's way to my belly button. Pain is the same. I will call my doctors office in the morning and let her know what I am feeling. The surgery had me out of commission for several weeks so hard on my family and I so I am not looking forward to the results of my near future X-ray I will have....... : ( This has to stop this company should not be able to keep putting these foreign objects on the market. It's not fair to even the small percent of us that are having issues......
Erin Brockovich website on Filshie Clips......
I just had my surgery on Friday to remove these clips. I was told that the one that migrated from my left side embedded in the bowel on the right side of my pelvis. I also have scaring lesions that had to be removed from my right ovary. Both fallopian tubes were removed too.
My doctor too said that he felt that this was not the cause of my pain before I had this surgery done. I see him in 4 weeks. At least he was willing to take me serious and go in and see what was going on inside of me. I'm thankful for that.
I went in for a kidney ultrasound and found out that both of my filshie clips have come off of my tubes.. one is behind my rectum and the other in my upper left side abdomen... my doctor told me that i am extremely lucky to have not become pregnant. i have no idea how long they have been floating around my body..i never had any pain associated with this... my concern is that i may have to have 2 separate surgeries to one, remove the clips, 2, to take out my tubes completely... is this the doctors fault that put them on (that was 16 years ago) or is it a faulty clips from the manufacturer? I am wondering if a malpractice suit is warranted...
I'm wondering the same thing for me too. The Dr.'s wont say too much.
Ok now ya'll have me scared, I had mine done in 2003 and started having major issues in 2007. My periods get worse every year, I have bad pain in my stomach, hips, back, and can hardly walk about 5 days before and 4 days during my period. I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2008 and have had to have 2 surgeries on my spine, so I know that doesn't help, but the pain is 10x's worse in those times...I have had to have 2 upper GI's and one dr says its a hernia and the other says its gasturitis, I do what they have told me to do and it still does not relieve the pain. I went to the dr in 2009 for major pain in my lower region, she had me do an ultra sound and said she seen no clip on the ovaries, but said I had a mass of cists on them. But left it at that, put me on birth control. I don't trust many dr.'s and would like to know what I should do and who I can go to here close by me that will listen to me and my concerns???
I too have had a migrating Fishie clip ( hulka clip).Mine was placed in 1999, and in 2013 I was having severe pain in my vagina., which my surgeon thought was transvaginal mesh eroding again. The clip had embedded itself in my anterior vagina near my urethra. It had to be cut out leaving a hole which had to be patched with pigskin. Does anyone know of a lawyer that takes these cases. ? I'M tired of defective products ruining my body !
I have just come home from surgery to remove my left ovary and a complex cyst. I've been having problems for years with my back and periods. I also had Letz treatment for pre cancerous cells on the cervix. Anyway, although I won't know for a couple of weeks if my cyst was malignant I reckon it was a blessing in disguise! My gyny found my left Fallopian tube and sterilisation clip had migrated into my back. Probably what's been causing my pain for years! I was sterilised 15 years ago after my 3rd baby. Apparently my right ovary was fine but my clip was gone. My gyny thinks it's embedded in a ligament and shouldn't cause anymore problems!
Couldnt believe these comments on here..i never knew so many people had the same problem..i had my clips put on in 1999 only recently have i been having problems...pain in left side&right side&heavy periods also my partner felt something stab him when we were intimate i felt it too..im waiting for a scan to find out whats going on.i still cant believe these clips are causing probs with probably thousands of women.
Does this site have any FAQs or instructions regarding how to post a comment? I have never seen a Comment function that included a field for "To." I can understand this for a Reply, but not for a Comment.
Serious problems with the Filshie Clip (or any other medical device) can be to the FDA using FDA Form 3500:
In the past five years, only 29 problems have been reported with the Filshie Clip, and many of those were problems with the surgical applicator, not the clip itself. Please ask your doctor to submit a report. If he or she does not submit a report (you can check for it here: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfmaude/search.cfm), you can submit one yourself.
hi I have had back pain, pelvic pain an lower pain in my stomach also a lot of vomiting been to doc after doc an I always get I don't se nothing wrong just two days ago had x ray an found out my clip was not in wright spot an reading all these comments now its clear to me what the docs don't see what do I do
Wow,, just wow! I am also experiencing the same ! I have had 3 Ct Scans, Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, Ex Rays, several trips to ER and nothing but the pain continues.I have been told one of my clips were missing by my gynecologists( whom did not do my tubal ligation ) before when he removed a be-nine mass from my left side due to pain . I have been to see my current gynecologists doubled over and they did ultrasound and found nothing. I have had endometriosis surgery, then hysterectomy..The pain continues and is a constant!
Hi cat120...not sure if you will see this message, but here goes... my email is ***@****
HAS ANYONE HAD PAINS FROM A DISLODGED TUBAL LIGATION (filshie) CLIP; THEN REMOVAL AND ALL FINE WITH NO MORE PAIN?
I am wondering if you had your tubal ligation clips removed (yet) and if the pain (walking) went away. I have had this same pain for over 5 years (on and off pain, assuming it becomes inflamed, hurts, then I rest, then the pain goes away, but then the clip moves, edges hit nerves, cause inflammation and pain, and etc etc etc. It feels like someone is jabbing me with a knife into a nerve sometimes, and during walking, I limp or even worse sometimes,...like a jolt that totally makes my one hip feel like it's just malfunctioned due to this pain. Hurts terribly. I am calling my doctor today, after reading MANY stories of the filshie clips dislodgement problems, and wanting both (one is dislodged) hooked out! I am convinced now, that it is the cause of my pain. I had an X-ray done a year ago and it showed the "metal-like piece" was in my body, and not in the correct place if it was the clip. I have been to doctors, examinations, and sports physicians and physiotherapists...so all SEEMED fine, and I'm left to believe it is that now. I am 53 and VERY fit...exercised my entire life...so why am I having aches like an 80 year old now and then?, why do I have terrible pain in my right groin/lower abdomen area? 99% chance it is my dislodged tubal ligation clip. Please write to me if you had it removed and if you are ok. Thank you kindly. Nancy
I have had this same pain for over 5 years (on and off pain, assuming it becomes inflamed, hurts, then I rest, then the pain goes away, but then the clip moves, edges hit nerves, cause inflammation and pain, and etc etc etc. It feels like someone is jabbing me with a knife into a nerve sometimes, and during walking, I limp or even worse sometimes,...like a jolt that totally makes my one hip feel like it's just malfunctioned due to this pain. Hurts terribly. I am calling my doctor today, after reading MANY stories of the filshie clips dislodgement problems, and wanting both (one is dislodged) hooked out! I am convinced now, that it is the cause of my pain. I had an X-ray done a year ago and it showed the "metal-like piece" was in my body, and not in the correct place if it was the clip. I have been to doctors, examinations, and sports physicians and physiotherapists...so all SEEMED fine, and I'm left to believe it is that now. I am 53 and VERY fit...exercised my entire life...so why am I having aches like an 80 year old now and then?, why do I have terrible pain in my right groin/lower abdomen area? 99% chance it is my dislodged tubal ligation clip. Thx Nancy
am scare I got done 1yr ago I b having pain in my belly I regret doing that can they take mines out
Has anyone had hives it rash from sensitivity to these clips? I have been dxd with many autoimmune disorders and many of the same symptoms all of you are complaining about. I never thought it could be my filshie clips. I had tubal ligation in 2002 after my 3rd child and I had a subsequent hysterectomy in 2011 for pain and heavy bleeding. At no time did they tell me that it could be the clips causing the pain and heavy bleeding. They left my ovaries so I wouldn't go into early menopause but also left the clips (I just recently confirmed this last week) as my hubby had said he thought something had poked him also. I was under the assumption I was just having another kidney stone but made an appt with my GP who thought they would have taken the tubes during my hysterectomy as I guess they aren't needed to be left for the ovaries to be left. I emailed her office and told her no, they left the clips and the tubes and wondering what to do as I have all kinds of issues. Way too long to text out right now. Many could be caused by these as I'm reading stories!! I have an allergy to nickel and am so pissed right now!!
Sorry that you have suffered from allergy to the filshie clips as well as post tubal ligation syndrome (heavy bleeding). So you had not connected the filshie clips to your autoimmune disorders until AFTER the hysterectomy? I know they oftentimes remove the tubes at the time of hysterectomy and it seems they would have certainly done that in your case.
You said "I have all kinds of issues. Way too long to text out right now." What additional symptoms have come up since your hysterectomy? Could your ovaries have failed or be in the process of failing? That happens in about 40% of hysterectomies since there is loss of blood flow to the ovaries. An intact woman's ovaries produce hormones into her 80's.
i had my cilps put on in 2007 and since they have been put on I have had more intense periods, severe pain and a lot of what is going on I believe is from the clips then if I want them off I have to pay when insurance paid to put them on with all the problems I am surprised there isn't a class action suit so we can get this taken care of with no cost since it is now causeing problems we were not told about
I had these done over 10yrs ago and recently been 4 a reversal.
They where suppose 2 find clips on my tubes but instead they found these clips placed 2gether on my abdominal wall, I had no left tube at all and my right tube was attached to the side.
I have been in contact with my hospital 2 find out what happened as I am extremely confused.
They tell me they come away over the yrs.
I don't understand if that was the case then 1) why did I not feel it. 2) what happened 2 my left tube. 3) why r the clips neatly 2gether facing the same way and not found either side of where they come off ????
Anyone else had this ?? Can anyone help me understand all this ??
I got my clips 2 years ago and I just had a ct after 7 months of serious kidney rib pain. Found out my left clip has migrated up into my abdomain I'm waiting for my doctors office to open to find out where I go from here. I know it's surgery but as far as when and what kind I don't know yet.
I had my tubal 2 years ago. I started having aches and general pains throughout my entire body..... I started seeing my family doctor, requesting tests for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. My joints were sore and stiff and i was so tired all the time. I found these blogs and it was like a light bulb went off. I requested a referral to a GYNE and told him I wanted the clips removed. My periods were also becoming very painful, clotty and lasting longer than they ever had before. I could feel my ovaries through out the month, they just ached.
Im happy to say I had my filshie clips removed 3 weeks ago and I feel great. I have since had a period which was completely my "normal." my pain has significantly decreased and I feel like me again!!!
I had a tubal ligation in April of 1990 when my youngest son was born. I almost immediately started having abnormal bleeding- basically it was like my post-partum bleeding never really stopped..this eventually led to a D & C that December to try and control the bleeding..that didn't work and I ended up having a hysterectomy in January 1991..the OB-GYN noted in the surgical report that he discovered 3 clips, 2 on my left tube & 1 on the right..he removed the one on the right & only 1 of the 2 on my left.. About 10-11 years ago I was diagnosed with IBS w/constipation and have dealt with the associated symptoms for years..a recent addition of magnesium supplements to my diet does appear to have helped with this but for the past week I have been experiencing a burning, almost a tearing-like pain in my abdoment..it's been pretty much on my left side about 2" from my belly button but the past 2 days has been almost right underneath it..after reading the comments here, I am seriously wondering if the left behind clip is the culprit..
Hi Tonya, I have had my clamps since 2005 i'm having a lot of pain in my abdomen area and always feel pinching but never thought it could be the clamps. Do you know if it costs to have them removed?
Thanks so much Nikki
I have had the tubal clamps for nearly 3 years now & ever since they got put in i have been having pain; i didnt even know i was getting clamps & i regret this surgery soo much!!!! i wish i could go back to how i used to feel before i made this mistake- i recently went to my hospital & requested all of my Xrays, Mris n CT scans on a CDrom- & only for myself requesting do i find an xray only 9months after having the tubal surgery; one of my clamps look out of place- my most recent pelvis xray is not low enough to show both clamps- i only partially can see one. well it took months of complaining about my pain believing its from the clamps & the hospital not believing me at all- the doctor who put the clamps on finally decides to take them out after referring me to 2 other DRs to rule out anything else- but she tells me she cannot connect my tubes back together which really bums me out. she said either she cuts my tubes of the portion the clamps are on or she takes out my entire tubes..... has anyone had any problems from their tubes being cut??? i am afraid of getting my entire tubes taken out & regreting it, than not being able to do anything about it....
I had my surgery 5 days ago to get my clamps removed,the left one was not on my tubes at all & was imbeded into my pelvic wall, the right one was nust bately hanging on and ready to fall off. im still healing from my surgery but i am sure after im better and healed i will feel much better not having those clamps inside me anymore
the left clamp fell off less than 9 months after being put on. i decided not to take my entire tubes out- my left clamp ate away the portion of my tube that it was on so it is already separated there and for the right side the DR only needed to do minimal burning to get it off.
sorry for the typo- **just barely**hanging on*
I got my clips ( i had never heard of them until after my csection the doctor informed me that is what he used) placed during a csection on july 20,2012. This was third csection. prior to that birth, I worked full time, full-time student, and an active mother. I hardly ever was tired, in pain, or felt blah and if I did I pushed through it. I was the type that if I had only one day off in two weeks I spent it doing something instead or "resting" or "relaxing" at home. Well things changed after csection. I instantly noticed the pelvic pain. It was horrible along with all of sudden my periods were terrible. It wasn't until a couple months later I noticed I was always fatigued and in pain/achy. At first I chalked it up to raising 4 kids and trying to finish my last semester of college etc. my pelvic pain was horrible sex was horrible. I never even took tylenol before having clips to talking some sort of over the counter meds 3 times a day. I went from being the person everyone called when the had a pain and needed pain meds because they knew never took them when I was prescribed to the person that had to talk some type of narcotic just to able to move and do stuff everyday. I didnt have insurance to go back to doctor until early of this year (2015). by then I had did my research and just knew in my heart it was the clips. So when i went to obgyn, he did ultrasounds and biopsies. He said i needed partial hystorectomy because of fibroids and alot of scar tissue from 3 csections. told him all my other symptoms and told him i wanted clips out. he told me it wasnt clips that was causing fatigued and pain/achy to see internal medicine doc. well he did hysto but left the clips in. I was so upset and mad but he said they looked fine. so after surgery i had no more pelvic pain and could actually have sex. buuuttttt i was still fatigued and in pain and achy every damn day. so finally went to NP that worked at internal meds clinic. while doing CT to check on liver low and behold there is a metal clips in my rib cage on left side. go back to obgyn he sends me to xrays looks over blood work. my NP thought maybe i had RA or fibromaylgia. all my bloodwork came back perfect and xray shows the clips is indeed in my ribcage somewhere behind my spleen. I have already had one general surgeon say no he wasnt doing it because it is in a difficult position but my obgyn feels terrible and says he is so sorry he now believes me that it is the clips and that he has never received one warning from manufacturers or FDA about these issues!! I dont work im a half *** mom now because of these damn clips. so he is talking to another surgeon to try to figure out how the hell are they going to get the clip out bc of where it is placed. and he said even if he has to do it for free he is taking out the other clip still on my tube bc he should have listened to me before. I just dont see how these clips are still on the market
I am so glad you guys spoke up. I lost weight for over five years and I was sure it was due to losing weight. My stomach pain on the right side. I had ultrasound of my stomach. It was clear. I had done to my pelvic I had tubal but never knew it was clips and cauterization. So I final got test three years ago and nothing with stomach. Found out this year I got clips. Now I am hurting before periods after and not even when I'm on one. I have a hard time with bowel movements and passing gas when it is boring me. No appendix but they going to check again. Same pain in the same spot that will not leave. I want a reversal. Take it off. I haven't been sexual active since 2004.
Hi,I'm a 38yr.old women mother of 6.I got the clips back in 2007 after my 4th son was 1yr. old. I too started experiencing pain on my right lover abdominal, I only have 1 tube the right one cause I had a ectopic pregnancy. I went 4yrs.in pain all the time,I went to many doctors had several surgeries with no answers. Finally my mom had to pay 5,000 to get me a tubal reversal. She saw how much pain I was in on a daily basis. I went to Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal it was the best thing she could have done for me. The doctor told me the clamp was imbedded in to my one and only tube. So,he told it off and repaired my tube. Long story short I got pregnant 3 yes. later with my son and 2yrs. after that I had another who is now 9months old. Their are my miracle babies. I sometime feel pain were the clamp once was but,not as bad. If anyone knows that something isn't right,keep making your point to someone listen. I wish all u ladies best of luck and blessing.
Can you get pranent if your clamp's come off?
I got my clamps on 4-9-09 when I had a csection but I didn't know I thought the doctor was just cutting and tieing my tubes. I have had a lot of pain in my stomach and bowl problems. Also a lot of body acks. How can I get these off and once they cone off will I get pregnant?
My clip has come off too and is in my mid abdomen causing pain on my right side and continuous nausea off to see a surgeon today to hopefully get it removed and the other one taken off! Went to ER last week to be just fobbed off with a supposedly tummy bug!!!!
How do you know when they fall out
Hey guys wish me luck next Wednesday I'm having. Surgery to take put my fishi clips one dislodged somewhere AND I just wAnt them out they gave. Me pains I'm emotional depressed weight gain too much and they might take my tubes out completely if it doesent stop bleeding .so will see has any gone three this pls write tome ty Melissa
I just had my clamps taken out December of last year, and they caused me so much pain, until finally, i went to a surgeon, and he told me I had foreign object floating around my stomach, how they get way up there..... I don't have a clue. I'm currently now trying to conceive and nothing yet..... How do I go about conceiving??????
Am having my clips removed due to serious of pains in lower back and down my right side what the chances of me getting pregnant
I am also having Issues with my Clamp, I have had Symptoms for several years, but just kind of brushed them off because painful periods and Endometriosis run in my family, but I have Painful intercourse, Mood Swings, Heavy Long Periods, Sharp Stabbing Pains in my Stomach, and just general Discomfort. I had a CT scan Yesterday because my Dr. thought It might be Kidney stones, well come to find out I have a large cyst on My Spleen and One of my clamps has been "displaced" The surgeon said "This just happens" Should I be satisfied with that answer? Also do you think the Spleen mass as the Displaced clamp could be related?
I had my clips put on Oct 26, 2005 . Just found out tonight that not only are those floating around in my body and causing me pain but I also have a colonoscopy clip floating around. Oh and it is "fine for now".... it is not fine when your in pain!!! UUUGGGHHH! Not to mention I have a LP shunt.... what if this causing me problems with that?? Geez I have had 6 surgeries in 2 years for my shunt I don't need another for this crap even though I would rather do it than have complications. I am so afraid after reading all of these that I will get an infection. It said one was in a vaginal pouch??? Whatever that means and the other is near my "anal cavity"..... that one scares me. What if I have fecal matter all of a sudden causing a problem. My shunt goes to my brain.... IF anyone has any offers as to what to do. I cannot see my regular Dr until Wednesday. :(
After reading this im wounding if one of mine has came off. Every other month i have bad cramping and bleeding bad and other month light. I had nothing but problems with it . it had mess up my hormones bad.
I had an xray done of my back and while doing so they found one of my clips in center of my bladder. What are chances of pregnancy
I juss found out that I have a clamp missing too n it scares me,,, how high are the chances that you can get pregnant...? I threw up this morning n getting really worried... I clamped my tubes soo I don't have noo more kids n it's been about 8yrs since I had it done n I was having bad stomach pain n had a sist on my cervix n idk what to do..
I had my tubes tied in 2014 and a year ago started experiencing severe pains on my right lower side of my pelvis area randomly, when I had my menstrual cycle and during intercourse. After a few months of the pain I had an internal ultrasound done and they found nothing wrong. I was told by an OBGYN it was my periods and I had to take Motrin to help relieve the pain. 8 months after that ultrasound the pain continued and progressed in level of pain to the point I had to make an ER visit. They did blood and urine test and another internal Ultrasound at the ER. After finding nothing they thought it was my Appendix and ordered a CAT Scan. The CAT scan showed something irrelevant to my symptoms and would not cause the pains as it was minor but my PCP decided to order an MRI of my pelvis. The MRI showed no clip on my left side and something in my bladder which they identified as the missing clip. If it wasn't for my persistence that something was wrong and this pain was not from my periods and the ER doing a CAT scan that showed something else that sparked my PCP to order an MRI of my pelvis, I would've never of known.