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Reasons IVC Filters are Used
IVC filters are tiny metal devices that are inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body, to keep blood clots from travelling to the lungs and causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. These are just a few of the reasons that a doctor will recommend the use of the device.
IVC Filters and the Risk of Blood Clots
IVC filters were first used in the 1960s and 1970s and have been used in hundreds of thousands of patients since. When someone suffers some sort of serious injury or undergoes certain types of surgical procedures, he or she will typically be at a higher risk of developing blood clots. Doctors also implant filters in patients who are unable to take blood thinners due to an increased chance of uncontrolled bleeding events.
These are just a few of the instances where doctors may recommend the use of IVC filters:
- Cancer treatment
- Car accidents
- Serious Falls
- Gunshot or stabbing injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
The IVC filter, shaped somewhat like a spider, is comprised of small metal rods and designed to trap clots before they can cause major health complications. While a deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot that develops deep inside the pelvis or an extremity) is not usually life threatening, it can be fatal if it travels to the lungs.
Problems With IVC Filters
Unfortunately, many patients have been harmed after IVC filters either migrated to other areas of the body or pieces broke off and impaled major organs. While most IVC filters are marketed as retrievable, in many instances the filter moves in such a way that it would be too dangerous to take it out of the body.
People who have been harmed by IVC filters may be able to take legal action in an effort to obtain compensation for their medical and other expenses. Contact Baron & Budd by calling 866-731-7909 or complete our contact form to learn more.