The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter has been used for years, but recently it has made the news based on problems that appear to be caused by it. With that in mind, it is very important to understand what these filters are, how they work, and the risks associated with them.
What Is An IVC Filter and How Is It Used?
The IVC filter is a small, implantable device that is placed into the inferior vena cava. This is the largest vein the body has, and carries blood from the lower extremities back to the heart. The filter is implanted right below the kidneys, with the goal of catching any blood clots so they cannot travel to the heart or lungs and cause serious health problems or even death. The primary concern with the filters is the risk of migration.
What Are the Problems Related to IVC Filters?
The main problem with IVC filters is migration, which can cause vein and organ perforation. The filters have been known to travel throughout the vascular system to other areas, or to come apart and send pieces through the artery to the heart, lungs, kidneys, or other areas. When this takes place, it can cause significant injury. Filter fracture and difficulty with device removal have also been noted as serious problems that patients have experienced. The migration of the filters have led to embolisms, as well, and many of the adverse events may be related to the length of time the IVC filter has been implanted in the body.
Even though they are still in use, IVC filters can cause serious injury in patients. Contact Girardi | Keese today and let us help you with your case. You may be eligible for substantial compensation due to an injury caused by an IVC filter.