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Three Things People with IVC Filter Implants Need to Know
IVC filters are typically implanted near a patient’s groin in order to reduce the risk of a blood clot travelling from the legs to the lungs and causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.
However, many of these filters have allegedly resulted in dangerous complications, including fracturing that can lead to pieces of the device lodging in major organs.
These are three of the most important things that IVC filter recipients need to know.
IVC filters are typically retrievable.
In the vast majority of instances, when an IVC filter is implanted it should be taken out, or retrieved, once the patient’s risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided. But too many patients do not have an IVC filter retrieval procedure and are at risk for serious problems as a result. Filters should typically be removed anywhere from one to two months after implantation. The longer they stay in the patient, the greater the risk of a complication occurring.
Dozens of deaths have been linked to IVC filters.
In 2015, NBC News reported that nearly 30 deaths had been linked to defective IVC filters. A 55-year old woman who had a filter implanted after suffering a brain aneurysm later died when a piece of the filter broke off and punctured her heart.
You may have legal options if you have suffered an IVC filter injury.
People across the nation who have been harmed by IVC filters are filing lawsuits to fight for their rights and hold the manufacturers accountable. In fact, so many people have filed suit against manufacturers C.R. Bard and Cook Medical that their respective lawsuits have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation courts (MDLs).