In order to prevent dangerous blood clots from moving into the lungs and causing pulmonary embolism, surgeons implant patients with IVC (inferior vena cava) filters. IVC filters are retrievable, wire devices designed to catch blood clots in the blood stream before they migrate to the lungs, allowing for dissipation of the clots over time. These filters are also noted for helping prevent strokes and other life-threatening events in patients.
Since 2005, the FDA has received hundreds of reports about adverse effects from implanted IVC filters, including filter migration, filter fracture, and punctured blood vessels and organs. Taking note of the reported risks of migration, fracture, and perforation, the FDA issued a warning about IVC filters in 2010, suggesting that the devices should be retrieved from patients as soon as the risk for blood clots decreased.
The risks posed by an IVC filter escalate the longer the device remains in the body, since the likelihood of device fracture increases with time. Metal extremities of the IVC filter can break and ultimately find their way to the heart or lungs of the patient. Problems that may be associated with the use of an IVC filter are:
• Filter migration
• Filter fracture
• Tilting of the filter
• Inability to retrieve the filter
• Perforated blood vessels and organs
• Pulmonary embolism
• Respiratory problems
IVC filters manufactured by C.R. Bard and Cook Group, Inc. have been involved in lawsuits. Three brands of IVC filters that have been noted for causing adverse effects in patients are:
• Bard Recovery filter
• Bard G2 filter
• Bard G2 Express filter
If you or a loved one has been implanted with an IVC filter and experienced problems, you may have a case.
Please fill out a contact form or call the Branch Law Firm if you or someone you love has suffered complications after being implanted with an IVC filter. We have experienced lawyers and knowledgeable support staff that can help you.