About the IVC Filter
The IVC Filter Explained
The inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a medical device made of wire that looks somewhat like a spider. This device is implanted in the body’s largest vein. It serves as an alternative to blood thinners/anticoagulant medications. The IVC filter is designed to prevent blood clots from forming, protecting the patient from strokes, pulmonary embolism, and other potentially fatal conditions. If you or someone close to you suffered the side effects of a defective filter and you and are ready to start the legal process, speak with the IVC filter lawsuit attorneys at our firm today.
Some specific devices currently on the market include:
- The Bard Recovery Filter
- The Bard G2 Filter
- The Bard G2 Express Filter
- The Cook Gunther Tulip Filter
- The Cook Celect Filter
Is the IVC Filter a Permanent Solution?
IVC filters have been in use since the 1960s—they are nothing new. In fact, over 100,000 IVC filters have been implanted in patients at risk for developing blood clots. Some patients are unable to take blood thinners; for these individuals, IVC filters should only be used on a temporary basis, as recommended by the United States Food & Drug Administration. They should not be left in the body indefinitely but removed once the risk for blood clots / pulmonary embolism has passed.
What are the Dangers Associated with the IVC Filter?
Unfortunately, the IVC filter device has been linked to serious symptoms, personal injuries, and even wrongful death. Doctors have reported punctured organs, punctured blood vessels, and device migration, among other problems and complications. If you or a loved one has been injured in connection with the implantation of an IVC filter, you should not hesitate to discuss your case with our team at Fleming | Nolen | Jez.
Call Our IVC Filter Attorneys
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