Are you looking for advice regarding your IVC filter risk?
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are implanted in patients at risk of blood clots making their way into vital organs like the heart and lungs. These patients may develop a pulmonary embolism and result in serious health problems. The filters are designed to prevent this.
IVC Filter Complications
Risks associated with filter implantation include damaged veins and blood clots forming/bypassing the device. However, there are other serious complications that can occur with the implanted filters. One of the most serious is the device breaking apart and traveling to another area of the body.
In 2010, the FDA issued a safety alert regarding retrievable IVC filters. Starting in 2005, the FDA received over 900 reports of adverse events occurring with the filters. Events included:
- Device migration
- Filter perforation
- Filter fracture
- Device Embolization (detached device components)
A majority of the events involved device migration, when filters move away from where they were placed. The FDA listed embolization as the second most frequently reported complication.
Retrievable IVC filters are only intended for short-term placement. However, the FDA is concerned the devices are staying in patients long after the pulmonary embolism risk subsides.
What to do if you have complications
If you have suffered serious complications from an IVC filter, you should speak with an attorney. The legal team at Inserra | Kelley | Sewell, Injury Attorneys has experience with medical, pharmaceutical, and medical device cases and can advise you on your legal options.
Case consultations are free and you have no obligation to act on our advice.
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The evidence that IVC filters present a danger to users is clear, and manufacturers need to exercise more caution when designing them, because when they don’t, innocent people pay the price – and Inserra | Kelley | Sewell, Injury Attorneys is here to make sure the manufacturers do. Device manufacturers’ first responsibility is to the safety of the people using their product – they need to ensure that a medical device is fit for use by the public.