Temporary, retreivable IVC filter? Think again.
The introduction over the last several years of optional “retrievable” IVC filters has lead numerous complications. These IVC filters are theoretically more practical for trauma and bariatric patients who only have a temporary need for such a medical device. However, more than 85% of these “retrievable” IVC filters have ever been actually retrieved. Manufacturers like Bard sold these “retrievable” IVC filters as a permanent filter with a retrievable feature.
IVC filter complications may include the device breaking, moving or migrating, tilting within the inferior vena cava, puncturing the vein or organs, and becoming embedded in the vein to the point of being impossible to remove. This can lead to injury or death.
If you were harmed by an implanted IVC, or if a loved one was harmed or died due to complications from an IVC filter, there may be a case against the IVC filter manufacturer. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters were first introduced in the late 1960s. An IVC filter is a type of vascular filter that is implanted into the heart to prevent pulmonary emboli (PE), which is a blood clot in the lungs. Certain IVC filters have been used successfully as permanent implants. For example, the Simon Nitinol Filter has been used since the early 1990s with very few reported complications.