Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are surgically implanted medical devices used to prevent blood clots from migrating towards the lungs. These devices look like small wire cages, and they operate by catching blood clots traveling through the body before the clots reach vital organs and cause serious injury. IVC filters are implanted in people who have a history of developing blood clots, but who cannot tolerate blood thinner medications.
Despite the popularity of these devices as a means to treat blood clot risks in certain patient populations, there have been a large number of adverse events reported to the FDA regarding these devices. Some of the complications that have been reported are: filter fractures, aortic perforations, vena cava punctures, tissue perforations, and migration of the filter to other parts of the body. Read our blog post for more information.
If you or a loved one has been implanted with an IVC filter and experienced a complication, please give us a call at 866-795-9529