3 Reasons Why an IVC Filter Would be Removed
With thousands of lawsuits already filed, many patients share one question: when should an IVC filter be removed? Anyone who has suffered serious complications after having a retrievable IVC filter implanted should file a free case review to help determine their best course of legal action.
What is an IVC Filter?
IVC filters are small devices with metallic prongs that form the shape of a cone, and are designed to catch blood clots, preventing pulmonary embolism. The filter is placed in the largest vein of the body (vena cava) just below the kidneys, where it is meant to help prevent blood clots from deep vein thrombosis, which often form in the lower legs and then travel up the vena cava to the heart or lungs.
When Should IVC Filter be Removed?
When an IVC filter malfunctions, it can cause serious, often life-threatening damage to the patient. There are three common reasons an IVC filter should be removed.
- Fracture – Since the prongs are made of slender metal, they can bend until they break, leaving a foreign object to float freely inside your body.
- Migration – After the prong fractures, the small piece of metal is in prime position to float through the largest vein in the body until they are lodged in your major organs, such as the heart, lungs, and brain.
- Perforation – Even if the device doesn’t fracture or migrate, its position in the body still lends itself to dangerous complications. The metal prongs can penetrate the vena cava and/or nearby organs, which can lead to internal bleeding and other dangerous conditions.
Although these are three common reasons an IVC filter should be removed, other reasons include, but are not limited to, the successful catching of a blood clot, an allergy to the device’s material, or compression of the heart caused by fluid collecting in its surrounding sac.
Should I Take Legal Action?
Any person who has been injured by a medical device, including complications from when an IVC filter should be removed, has the right to explore their legal options. With the dangerous nature of the device and the increasing number of IVC lawsuits being filed against all manufacturers, now is the time to file a free case review if you or someone you know was implanted with an IVC filter and suffered complications. An experienced product liability attorney can look over your specific case and advise you about your legal rights.