IVC Filters

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters, are placed within the IVC, a large vein in the abdomen that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. When blood clots form in the veins of the legs and pelvis, these can occasionally travel to the lungs where they cause increased risk for a pulmonary embolism (PE) or blockage. IVC Filters can reduce this risk by trapping large clots and preventing them from reaching the heart and lungs.

faulty IVC filters

Who is at risk, and what is deep vein thrombosis or DVT?

DVT is a condition caused when blood moves too slowly through your veins, which can cause a clot to form (a clump of blood cells).  When a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside the body, it causes what doctors call deep vein thrombosis. The condition usually occurs in your lower leg, thigh, or pelvis and can often lead to major and chronic health problems.

Nearly 30% of people who have been diagnosed with DVT will have it again. Chronic conditions like Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis can increase the risk of developing DVT. Those with a personal or family history of PE and DVT are at increased risk for developing one or both conditions.

Have you experienced complications from IVC Filter placement?

If so, you might have had respiratory complications and compromise, hemorrhages, possible infection at the insertion site, and even heart arrythmia.

How is DVT Treated?

DVT is treated with either blood thinners, which cut the blood’s ability to clot; IVC Filters, which are small and cone shaped and fit inside the inferior vena cava, and compression stockings that are tight at the ankle and looser as they touch the knee.  These are available in non-prescription, OTC versions, but stronger versions that are expertly fitted can be described by your doctor.

Who manufacturers IVC Filters?

Although the major manufacturer in the U.S. is C. R. Bard, and Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc., there are still some prominent companies involved in the sale and manufacture of retrievable IVC Filters, including ALN, Johnson and Johnson, B. Braun Medical, Rafael Medical, and Rex Medical.

Major manufacturers producing IVC Filters include:

  • R. Bard
  • Cook Medical
  • Cordis

Which devices have been reported to be faulty?

The following devices have been reported to be faulty, including prone to break and migrate to internal organs.

  • Recovery Filter
  • G2 Filter and G2 Express
  • Celect Filter
  • Greenfield Filter
  • Gunther Tulip

The Dunken Law Approach to Representing IVC Filter Patients

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