IVC Filters - Green Law Firm

IVC Filters

Have you received an IVC Filter to stop blood clotting? If you are experiencing complications, you may be entitled to compensation.

What is IVC?

The Inferior Vena Cava is the largest vein in the body. It moves de-oxygenated blood from the lower legs to the heart and then the lungs. For the purpose of preventing blood clots from traveling through the vein into the lungs, doctors may implant an IVC filter in the vein. Unfortunately many of the devices have had complications like vein and organ perforation, migration and breakage that have injured patients.

How does it work?

A doctor inserts the device using a catheter into the patient’s inferior vena cava through a small incision in the groin or neck. The metal wires of the device are meant to capture and trap blood clots before they are able to reach the lungs.

IVC Filter Studies Confirm FDA Safety Warnings

Research studies have confirmed problems with retrievable IVC filters. A 2013 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the filter’s failure rate. Researchers discovered only 58 out of 679 retrievable IVC filters inserted were removed.