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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can a "loose" filshie clip be the cause of ongoing pain?

    Hello, I had a tubal ligation in 2001 and then a total hysterectomy in 2013. I have just recently had an x-ray for unexplained pain in my left groin area, and the x-ray showed a filshie clip near my spine /upper back area. I am really worried about this causing problems, and as the x-ray showed that I didn't have pelvic or hip problems such as osteoarthritis, am wondering if this clip could be the problem? I have been researching in Internet and its seems a lot of women have had this happen, only to be told, it shouldn't be a problem.
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  • Dr Shian Miller

    Gynaecologist, Obstetrician

    Dr Shian Miller is a Brisbane Obstetrician Gynaecologist who has rooms on Wickham Tce in Brisbane city and admitting rights at Greenslopes Private Hospital. She … View Profile

    Hi. Sorry to hear you are having pain issues.

    Generally speaking, 'loose' Filshie clips do not cause any problems. They often get stuck to the wall of the abdomen and stay there (so they don't usually float/move around). Usually they are on the surface or near the surface of the peritoneum (the membrane covering the inside of the abdomen). Frequently, they are found incidentally during surgery for something else.

    Your pain may be caused by any number of things that are not seen on x-ray.

    I would suggest you see your GP first and they should know who best to refer to.

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