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Posted on 4th October 2017

Gynaecologist Admits Sterilisation Mistakes

A consultant and clinical lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology has admitted that he made mistakes when performing routine sterilisation procedures.

The surgery involves putting clips on women’s fallopian tubes which seals the eggs against being fertilised. The procedure is usually performed laparoscopically (keyhole).

The NHS website states that sterilisation is over 99% effective as a means to contraception and just 1 in 20 patients will become pregnant after sterilisation.

The tools used consist of a small camera and light which a surgeon uses to place the clips in the correct position.

In two instances the sterilisation clips were placed in the wrong place and not on the fallopian tubes.

Following the sterilisation procedures both patients became pregnant and further surgery had to be performed to correct the mistakes.

The solicitor acting for both patients commented “The impact of a failed sterilisation procedure can be very significant not only on the patient but also their family. Many women have this procedure after careful consideration of the impact that having a child, or another child, would have on their lives.”

The claims for compensation included elements for the physical pain in relation to the errors and also the need for further surgery to correct the mistakes.


Sterilisation procedures on men and women are usually regarded as simple surgical tasks which shouldn’t take very long to perform however the techniques used for men and women differ.

When clips are used on women, the procedure is usually over 99% successful. When men have their sperm carrying tubes (Vas Deferens) cut, the procedure is thought to be less successful and this is because the two cut ends of the Vas Deferens are able to find each other and reconnect themselves making the man fertile again.

Sterilisation claims for women are usually because the sterilisation has failed whereas in men it is due to nerves being damaged during the procedure.

If you or a loved one have undergone a sterilisation procedure which has failed or if nerves have been damaged during the procedure, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Call us on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.