Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters
An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small device inserted surgically into the inferior vena cava to trap blood clots and prevent them from traveling into the lungs which can cause a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is a potentially fatal blockage of an artery which prevents blood from traveling from the lungs to the heart. The thought is that the blood clot will dissolve naturally once it has been trapped by the IVC filter.
While some IVC filters are permanent, many are temporary and intended for prompt removal once the patient is no longer at risk for blood clots and/or a pulmonary embolism. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that the IVC filters be removed between the 29th and 54th day after implantation, unless the risk hasn’t subsided. However, many IVC filters have remained in place longer than intended, which can lead to several complications including the device moving and/or breaking, causing injury to organs, internal bleeding and even the very life-threatening blood clots they were designed to prevent.
What are the risks of an IVC filter? According to the FDA, several risks and complications can occur including:
- 1) Infection
- 2) Excess bleeding
- 3) Allergic reaction
- 4) Damage to the blood vessel at the insertion site
- 5) Blockage of blood flow through the vena cava
- 6) Migration to other parts of the body including
the heart and lungs
- 7) Perforation of the inferior vena cava which can
cause damage to organs
- 8) Continued risk of blood clots and pulmonary
If you or a loved one has had an IVC
Filter implanted and experienced these or any other complications, VanDerGinst Law would be honored to help. The consultation is free and there is never a fee unless we win.If you suffered an injury in Iowa or Illinois, contact VanDerGinst Law, P.C. at 800-960-8529. The law is tough and being injured is tougher. We’ll make it easier for you.