If you are at risk for blood clots, your physician has likely prescribed a blood thinner. However, if you are like some patients who can’t take blood thinners, your doctors might have recommended the implantation of a small metal device, called a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter.
The inferior vena cava is the largest vein in the body. To keep blood clots from traveling through this vein into the lungs, possibly causing death, the surgeon implants a retrievable IVC filter into the vein using a catheter. The filter is meant to work by trapping blood clots before they reach the lungs.
IVC filters are not new; in fact, they have been implanted in more than 259,000 by 2013. The problem is that in some cases faulty filters have punctured veins and migrated to other parts of the body where they cause life-threatening complications.
Past recipients of retrievable IVC filters have filed lawsuits against manufacturers C.R. Bard and Cook Medical for poor design, manufacturing and failure to warn about the risks. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert back in 2010 detailing the potential hazards of the device, including heart attack and stroke as well as punctured organs. In 2014, the FDA updated this safety communication with recommended instructions about when the device should be removed.
If you or a member of your family has suffered complications from a faulty IVC filter, you may be entitled to compensation in an IVC filter lawsuit. The attorneys at Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A. are here to advocate on your behalf. Call us at 216-289-4740, or toll-free from Ohio at (855) GOT-HURT. You can also fill out our No-Risk Consultation form.
An interior vena cava filter, commonly referred to as an IVC filter, is placed to filter blood clots in high risk patients. The IVC filter functions to catch clots before they make their way from the legs and pelvis of a patient, to the lungs and heart.
IVC filter use is widely debated in the medical world. While proponents argue IVC filters prevent dangerous blockages and/or pulmonary emboli, others believe IVC filters can fail at random, travel and cause damage to other organs; even worse, increase the risk of a DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
For many patients the outcome after IVC filter placement fairs far worse than the original prognosis. IVC filter failure can pose a very serious risk to patients.
Those at risk for an IVC filter include;
An IVC filter may be recommended for temporary placement while the risk of a clot or PE is high following an above diagnosis or trauma.
IVC filter risks are present immediately following placement of the filter. This is so alarming that the FDA has even issued warnings.
Removing an IVC Filter as soon as it medically safe, or avoiding its use altogether, is the only way to mitigate the risks of IVC filters and surgical complications.
If you or a loved one suffered serious complications following surgery in which an IVC filter was placed, call us NRS today.