Can an IVC Filter Move?
As more patients file claims after being injured by an IVC filter, many other patients who were implanted with the device are asking the same question: can an IVC filter move? Anyone who has suffered severe complications after having a retrievable IVC filter implanted could be entitled to financial compensation. Start by clicking here for a free case review to determine your 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. The devices are designed to catch blood clots in the hopes of 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.
Can an IVC Filter Move?
In short, yes, IVC filters can move after being implanted in your body. Since the device is made with thin, malleable metal, the small prongs can also fracture and then be left to travel freely through the largest vein in your body until they become lodged in your heart, lungs, brain, or other internal organs.
In one example of this, a patient who had been implanted with an IVC filter was sent to a surgical hospital after seeking treatment for swelling in her left leg. Doctors discovered after a thorough examination that a blocked vein was restricting blood flow and causing her left leg to swell. Surgeons subsequently performed an exploratory operation in the woman’s abdomen, where they discovered that the IVC filter had fractured, and the pieces had perforated her vena cava, the upper part of her small intestine, and the lower part of her aorta.
What are my Legal Options?
Although IVC filters can move, there are other complications that can arise from having the device implanted, including fracture and perforation. If you or someone you know has suffered from these or any other adverse side effects after being implanted with a retrievable IVC filter, you might be eligible for monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Click here to file a free case review with an experienced product liability attorney who will examine the details of your specific case and help you determine what your best legal options are.