Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are designed to prevent pulmonary embolisms, but the medical literature shows that, in general, there is no evidence of their effectiveness. Moreover, there is a strong risk of device breakage and migration, causing potentially fatal perforation—indeed, at least one study indicates that perforation is the rule rather than the exception. The longer the device resides within the body, the greater the chance of complications. Thus the FDA has recommended that IVC filters be removed as soon as possible.

Retrievable Filter Lawsuits

Some IVC filters are marketed as “retrievable.” The designs of these removable filters, however, actually make them more likely to fail. Furthermore, if the devices actually function as planned, and capture clots, the clots build up around the filter. Removal then becomes impossible, as it would disturb a cluster of clots, leading to pulmonary embolism.

IVC Filters for Bariatric and Trauma Patients

Despite these risks, manufacturers have actively marketed these devices as a prophylactic measure in bariatic and trauma patients. These cases are especially tragic, as there is no evidence whatsoever in support of prophylactic use. Because of the risks of removal, these patients are then stuck with a device they did not need that is almost certain to eventually break.

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Do You Have an IVC Filter Case?

If you have been implanted with an IVC filter and suffered device breakage, migration, or perforation, you likely have a claim for damages. Even if you have suffered none of the above, and were implanted with a removable filter and were later told that removal is impossible or not recommended, you also may have a case. Contact Keane Law LLC today for a free consultation regarding your IVC filter case.