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Failed IVC Filter Implants

When a device is being designed, it is normally made with the patients safety in mind as this is the top most priority, in addition, when a doctor is able to implant a device into one’s body, they normally are in need of doing good and not harm to the individual. Nevertheless, despite its approval from the FDA, there are many devices that have been able to do more harm than good since they were able to flood the market in the many thousand if not in millions of patients all around world.

The IVC filters are a good example of such medical devices that have ended up doing more harm than good in various patients. The retrievable IVC filters are normally fitted to prevent blood clots from forming for a short period then they are removed once the time frame is complete. Studies from the FDA however have been able to show surgeons are not always removing the IVC filters from their patients after the risk of getting blood clots subsided as the filter were not designed to stay long in the body. As much as the tiny filter were made to save lives, they may end up putting them in more risk. In the vent that they are not retrieved from the body, this may then lead to serious, life threatening risks and complications. The filter may act as a ticking bomb in one’s body and if not retrieved, then it’s only a matter of time before complications start arising.

What is an IVC filter?

The Inferior Vena Cava filter (IVC) are just small cage like devices that are made of metal and used in various patients who have a high risk of getting blood clots specifically those who are not able to use traditional blood thinners.

These filters imply are able to catch any blood clot before they reach either the lungs or the heart. The clots normally called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) normally form in the inferior vena cava, and they are dangerous and may end up causing heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolism in the vent that they break off and make their way to the lungs and the heart.

The IVC filter have been able to aid in reducing this risk but to some extent they have been doing more damage than good. Specifically the retrievable IVC filters which are to be used for less than a year and should be removed immediately by the surgeons since their risk of blood clots had reduced. In the event that the device is left in pave for long, it may end up breaking a part and travel to the heart or to the lungs bringing about a heart attack or even pulmonary embolism. Nevertheless, the device may also end up puncturing the lining of the inferior vena cava or even break through one of the veins and travel to other parts of the body.

These tiny devices may easily be used by doctors for patients who have the following conditions:

  • Patients who are unable to use traditional blood thinners to help with the blood clot issue
  • Patients that are at risk for recurrent PE
  • Patients undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery
  • Trauma patients
  • Obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery

One needs to understand that the longer the retrievable IVC filter stays in the body then the harder it will be to remove it and the riskier the whole process will be.

The risks of retrievable IVC filters

According to studies IVC filters that are put in place for trauma patients may end up doing more harm than good for them. This is because the removal rates of the IVC filters was very low. This then showed that instead of the IVC filters having to decrease their risk of death or other complications, it just elevated them instead.

As much as the IVC filters have been designed to save people’s lives for life threatening injuries, they may end up causing a number of very serious complications by themselves. Listed below are some effect and complications that are associated with IVC filters.  See: https://www.nationalinjuryadvocates.com/ivc-filter-claimants/

  • Filter fracture
  • Migration of the device
  • Perforation of the inferior vena cava
  • The movement of the whole filter or fragment of it to the lungs or heart
  • Difficulty removing the device.
  • Long term- deep vein thrombosis and blockage (occlusion)

IVC filter lawsuits

Over a thousand lawsuits have been filed against some major IVC filter manufacturers such as the C. R. Bard Inc. and the Cook Medical that ended up leading to the merging of these two claims into multi district lawsuit in two US district courts.

Multidistrict litigation are normally formed when multiple lawsuits that are allegedly similar against a certain corporation are filled in a federal court as this held the courts save on money. Any form of settlement that are awarded in an MDL, they are normally handed down individually and not split equally among the plaintiffs.

Filing an IVC filter lawsuit

After being harmed by the various retrievable IVC filters patients were now beginning to file lawsuits against their manufactures. There are many IVC filter manufacturing companies but the main one’s that re targeted are the Cook Medical, C.R. Bard Inc. and the Cordis Corporation. The various lawyer and attorney that one is able to get from the Schmidt national Law Group are able to work very closely with patients who’ve had issue with the devices and bring cases against such manufactures. Listed below are the lawsuits accuse device makers of a number of legal claims i.e.

  • Designing a defective product
  • Negligence
  • Fraud
  • Breach of implied and express warranty
  • Failing to warn about the potential risks of IVC filters.

In the event that one gets any complications when having the retrievable IVC filter, then they need to know that they are entitled to get financial compensation. They may get very significant settlement or cash payouts for those who have been affected by the device. More information can be found here: https://www.nationalinjuryadvocates.com/ivc-filters-ivc-filter-lawsuits/

In conclusion, the FDA has stated that one needs to be very careful and have the device removed as soon as they know it is done with its work to avoid more complications from arising and having to go through lawsuit which may be a very tedious process at the end of the day.

If you do NOT know the make and model of IVC filter you have implanted, please call one of our case managers at 800-631-5656. Some pose more health risks than others and if you have one that is dangerous, we will cover any upfront costs of a CT scan to determine your condition and ensure your health and well being.
ALN Implants Chirurgicaux
  • ALN – January 2008
  • Recovery IVC Filter – July 2003
  • G2 IVC Filter – January 2008
  • G2 Express / G2x Filter – 2008
  • Eclipse – January 2010
  • Meridian – 2011
  • Denali – May 2013
  • Vena Tech – May 2001
  • Günther Tulip Vena Cava Filter – October 2003
  • Günther Tulip Mreye – October 2003
  • Celect Vena Cava Filter – March 2008
  • Celect Platinum – July 2012
Cordis (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Cordis OptEase – March 2004
  • TrapEase® Vena Cava Filter –  July 2000
Rafael (RMT) Medical Optional
  • SafeFlo Vena Cava Filter – May 2009
Rex Medical (Argon Medical Devices, Inc.)
  • Option Vena Cava Filter – June 2009
  • Crux Vena Cava Filter –  April 2015