Details and Problems Caused by IVC Filters

Although Retrievable IVC filters were designed with the purpose of avoiding life-threatening blood clots, patients who have them implanted are immediately placed at risk for a number of other life-threatening problems.  In order to prevent as many hazards as possible, the FDA stated that the device must be removed between twenty-nine and fifty-four days following implantation, assuming that the initial threat of blood clotting has passed.  Those who delay removal of the device have a much higher risk of succumbing to issues affiliated with its installment.


Some of the problems caused by the IVC Filters include:
•    device fracturing, which allows pieces of the filter to travel into the heart and lungs
•    device migrations, where the filter moves from its intended spot to areas inaccessible by surgery
•    perforations of the inferior vena cava as well as other near-by organs
•    blood clotting, the very issue for which the filters are implanted to prevent

Some, if not all, of these problems have the potential to be fatal.  If you or someone you know has had a Retrievable IVC Filter installed, do not hesitate to contact your doctor, as it could mean the difference between life and death.

These complications and risks are ones that no one should have to tolerate, especially those who were not even made aware of their possibility in the first place.  Contact us, the Attorney League, for a free case evaluation.  With no strings attached and no costs involved, you can speak one-on-one with an attorney in our network in order to evaluate your case. We will help you decide what your next legal steps should be in order to secure complete justice.   

Read more about IVC Filters at the FDA's website.