Retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are medical devices that are designed and prescribed for patients who have a known risk of blood clotting.

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What health risks are associated with IVC filters?

Risks include device migration, fracture failures, perforations, embolization and difficulties removing the devices. Not only do some IVC filters have a high rate of failure, but they can also be difficult for doctors to remove. Additionally, studies have revealed that filters intended to be used for just a short period of time have been left implanted in patients for much longer than recommended by the FDA.

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My doctor is suggesting an IVC filter. What should I do?

If you are undergoing a surgery or your doctor is suggesting the possibility of an IVC filter, you should make sure they have no other options. Ask them if it is a temporary or a permanent filter. If it is a temporary filter, make sure they have a plan in place to remove the filter after it is no longer needed.

Should I be concerned if I already have an IVC filter?

If your IVC filter is intended for temporary use, your doctor shouldn’t leave the filter in place longer than is absolutely necessary. Studies show that professionals sometimes leave these devices implanted in a patient after they should be removed. The longer they are left in place, the more difficult retrieval can be.

What should I do if I am concerned about health risks associated with IVC filters?

Talk to your doctor about your concerns, and don’t be afraid to get a second opinion if you aren’t satisfied with what your doctor has to say.

I suspect an injury occurred because of an IVC filter. What should I do next?

After seeking medical attention for your injuries, consider talking to an attorney to explore your options. An attorney familiar with these types of cases can investigate your case to determine who is at fault for your injuries.

I lost a loved one due to IVC filter complications. Is there any recourse for my family?

After the loss of a loved one, it can be important for survivors to find out why the incident occurred and who to hold accountable for the loss. A medical malpractice attorney can investigate your case to look for negligence on the part of doctors and manufacturers. Your attorney will also fight to seek compensation for your losses from the responsible party.

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury due to improper use of an IVC filter, or if an IVC filter caused an injury or fatality, you might be able to pursue legal action for the damages you have suffered. To get a legal evaluation of your case, contact the attorneys of Pogust Millrood for a consultation.