This is a partnered post, though all opinions re my own.
Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are small metal devices commonly used in patients who cannot be given blood thinners. The IVC helps to prevent blood clots from entering the heart and lungs by trapping blood clots in the legs and pelvis area to help prevent a pulmonary embolism or blockage. While there is very little risk for serious IVC filter complications, there are some common issues related to the device. Issues can include bleeding in the area where the catheter was placed, incorrect placement of the filter, movement or breakage of the filter and blood flow blockage, among other issues.
Other things that can go wrong with an IVC filter include the legs breaking off the IVC, parts of the IVC Filter working their way into the blood vessel and blood clotting in the legs.
Claims have been filed by patients across the country for IVC filter complications. The devices can tilt after insertion, due to a manufacturers defect and the device has broken or moved as a result.
How to get help for IVC filter complications
If you have suffered from an improperly fitted IVC filter, there is help out there. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. are working are investigating cases regarding complications with IVC filters. If you have been affected, you can schedule a free consultation with Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. Their Defective IVC Filter Injury Lawyers may be able to help you or an affected loved one get compensation for medical expenses associated with a defective IVC filter. You may also be eligible for lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and in severe cases, wrongful death damages.
I know that this may be a lot of information for you to take in, so I have answered some commonly asked questions, to better help you.
What are the symptoms of IVC filter problems?
Symptoms of problems associated with an IVC filter include abdominal and back pain. These symptoms are very common and you should consult with your Dr, and possibly a lawyer that deals with IVC filter complications.
Can an IVC filter get clogged?
The short answer is yes, an IVC filter can get clogged. Swelling and pain in the legs and other extremities can be symptoms of a clogged IVC filter, which can reduce the body's blood flow, decreasing the ability for the heart to efficiently pump blood out of the legs.
What is the IVC?
The IVC is short for the inferior vena cava, which is a large vein in the body. Without the use of gravity, since its walls are rigid and have valves, it carries the blood from the lower and middle of the body into the heart.
How does the IVC filter work?
An IVC filter works to help prevent a pulmonary embolism by catching blood clots, stopping them from moving up into the heart or lungs. It is placed in a vein in the groin or neck, through a small incision that a catheter is inserted into.