An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a medical device that is used to filter blood clots from traveling from the deep veins of the legs or pelvis to arteries in the lungs and heart. Unfortunately, since they were first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005, IVC filters have been found to malfunction at a high rate, putting patients at risk for serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. Serious side effects linked to IVC filters include perforation of the heart, lungs or vena cava, internal bleeding, pulmonary embolisms (PEs), respiratory distress, shortness of breath, and death.
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IVC Filter Overview
IVC filters are implanted to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart and/or lungs in patients who cannot take anticoagulant medications. These devices are umbrella-shaped, with legs that extend to intercept migrating blood clots. Nearly 50,000 IVC filters have been implanted annually since the devices were first introduced in 2005, which means that as many as 350,000 patients may have the implants inside their bodies today.
IVC Filter Side Effects
Despite originally being though of as revolutionary medical devices, IVC filters have recently been linked to a number of serious side effects. Significant complications of IVC filters have been reported to include:
- Fracture of the IVC filter
- Perforation, Puncture or Serious Damage to the Heart, Lungs or Vena Cava
- Internal Bleeding
- Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade
- Ventricle Tachycardia
- Lower Limb DVT
- Hematoma or Nerve Injury at the Puncture Site
- Constant and Severe Pain in the Heart, Chest or Elsewhere in the Body
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Respiratory Distress
- Shortness of Breath
If you have been implanted with an IVC filter, it is important to pay attention to your body. If you begin suffering from unexplained pain in the chest or heart, you should seek medical attention immediately to prevent further injury.
Bard IVC Filter Lawsuits
Over the past few years, a number of lawsuits have been filed against C.R. Bard for defects in the G2 IVC Filter System and the Recovery IVC Filter System. These complaints allege that a manufacturing defect caused the filters to malfunction, resulting in serious injuries to the plaintiffs. Medical studies have shown that a number of the Bard IVC filters in question have broken down and fractured inside the body. Patients whose filters fracture while in use are at risk of serious injuries if the broken pieces migrate to other parts of the body.
In a 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers found the complication rate with Bard G2 IVC Filters to be up to 12%. Additionally, the study found that the rate of complication with the filters was directly proportional to the time the device was required to stay in place, leading the researchers to believe that the risk of serious side effects increases significantly over time. Out of 80 Bard IVC Filter patients studied, 13 were found to have at least one fracture in their device. IVC filter fractures can lead to pieces of the device entering the bloodstream and landing in the lungs, liver and heart.
IVC Filter Manufacturers
In addition to Bard, the following companies manufacture IVC filters:
- Cook Medical, Inc.
- ALN Implants Chirurgicaux
- B. Brain Medical, Inc.
- Boston Scientific
- Cordis Coportation, a Johnson & Johnson company
- Crux Biomedical
- Rafael Medical Technologies
Types of IVC Filters (Non-Comprehensive List)
- Simon Nitinol Filter and G2 Vena Cava Filter (Bard)
- Celect Vena Cava Filter (Cook Medical)
- Gunther Tulip Filter (Cook Medical)
- Gunther Basket Filter (Cook Medical)
- Crux Vena Cava Filter (Crux Biomedical)
- Gianturco-Roehm Bird’s Nest Vena Cava Filter (Crux Medical)
- Greenfield Filter (Boston Scientific)
- Option Vena Cava Filter (Angiotech)
- Recoverable ALN filter (ALN Implants)
- Recovery Nitinol Filter (ALN Implants)
- SafeFlo Vena Cava Filter (Rafael Medical Technologies)
- TrapEase and Optease (Cordis Johnson & Johnson)
- Vena Tech Filters (B. Braun)
Do I Have an IVC Filter Complications Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in IVC filter lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new IVC filter complication lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free IVC Filter Complications Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after being implanted with an IVC filter, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.