Inferior Vena Cava Implants / IVC Filters Linked to Serious Injury & Death In Many Patients
Studies show that up to 86% of IVC filters may result in serious side effects or injuries to patients – including fractures that can lead to life-threatening symptoms, hospitalization, permanent disability and death.
If you or a loved one had an IVC filter implanted in 2003 or after, you could have legal options including a lawsuit to recover damages for your injuries.
Inferior Vena Cava filters, or IVC filters or Greenfield filters, are cage-like devices implanted in patients who have an increased risk of pulmonary embolisms, blood clots or deep vein thrombosis. They were designed to serve as an alternative to blood thinners, though some patients also use blood thinners such as Xarelto or Pradaxa in addition to an IVC filter. An IVC filter works by trapping blood clots before they can travel to vital organs like the lungs or heart and cause life-threatening complications. The device is metal and cone-shaped and is traditionally implanted in the inferior vena cava just below the kidneys. Common brands of IVC filters include Bard, Cook and Greenfield.
40% or more of IVC filters will fracture within 5-6 years. 86% result in serious injuries.
An FDA warning issue in 2010 called for IVC filters to be removed from patients after the danger of pulmonary embolism had subsided. In 2014, the FDA updated their findings, adding that most IVC filters should be removed within 29 to 54 days after the danger of pulmonary embolism was no longer present.