How does the Filshie Clip System Work?

March 14, 2011: Authored by: Alpha Health Asia Staff

The Filshie Clip System has been used for over 25 years with more than 8 million Filshie Clips applied worldwide and a long-term success rate of 99.76%. It is a very cost effective method for surgical contraception and is recommended by leading doctors and hospitals.

The Filshie Clip system involves placing a small titanium clip with soft Silastic® lining on each Fallopian tube; the clip is applied via a special Filshie Applicator. Once it has been applied, the clip is “closed” and the clip lining maintains pressure on the Fallopian tube; the pressure from the closed clip results in a complete blockage of the Fallopian at the clip site. Blocking the Fallopian tubes is the method for preventing fertilization.

The Filshie Clip System can be applied under local anesthesia and usually does not require an overnight stay. The system is quick, easy and effective and can be used via a laparoscopic procedure or after a cesarean section.

The laparoscopic procedure involves the doctor making one or two small incisions in the lower area of the abdomen; the surgeon will access the Fallopian tubes through these small incisions. The surgeon places a Filshie Clip on each Fallopian tube to block the tube. After each tube is blocked, the surgeon will close the incisions with a small stitch and cover the stitch with a plaster.

The Filshie Clip system can be used immediately after a Cesarean section delivery as the Fallopian tubes can be accessed via the Cesarean section incision site. After the delivery of the baby has been completed, the doctor can apply Filshie Clips to each Fallopian tube prior to closing the Cesarean section incision.

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