Four Things You Should Know About IVC Filters
Each year over 250,000 IVC filters are implanted into patients at risk for blood clots. Although most patients have no side effects, there are some serious complications with IVC filters.
The longer the IVC filter stays in place, the higher the risk of injury. Once the blood clot has passed the IVC filter should be removed. The FDA states the device should stay in anywhere form 29 – 54 days from insertion date for best results.
IVC filters have been connected to 27 deaths and counting. A recent NBC News special revealed at last 27 deaths have been linked to the IVC filter. According to the news outlet, “Serious questions are being raised about [IVC filters] implanted in thousands of Americans at risk for blood clots — including whether the manufacturer told all it knew about potentially fatal flaws.”
The FDA has received over 100,000 reports of serious injuries from IVC filters. Device migrations, organ perforation, and even fracturing has occurred in patients who have had the device in for longer than the FDA deems safe. Long-term risks associated with IVC filters include lower limb deep vein thrombosis and IVC occlusion.
Get help. Many IVC patients think they have no other options. If you or someone you love was implanted with an IVC filter and experienced a side effect, we encourage you to get in touch with us today to learn your legal rights and options. Gary Logsdon is a Bowling Green Kentucky lawyer with a reputation for producing winning results in defective medical devices. Contact us today.