BARD IVC Filter Attorney
An Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter is a small, medical device that looks like a tiny cage; BARD IVC filter is a particular type of blood filter. The device is inserted into a patient’s veins to act as a filter that blocks blood clots from reaching the lungs. Several serious side effects and complications have been reported by patients suffering vein or organ perforations, heart damage, lung damage, and internal bleeding as a result of the IVC Filter breaking apart and migrating throughout the body.
When or Why Is an IVC Filter Used?
Their physicians administer most patients at risk of developing blood clots blood thinners. For patients who are unable to take blood thinners, a retrievable IVC Filter is typically used to keep blood clots from entering the lungs. The IVC Filters are surgically implanted into a patient’s veins and are meant to be retrievable.
How Does the IVC Filter Work?
The largest vein in the body is called the inferior vena cava. This vein is responsible for delivering de-oxygenated blood to the heart and lungs. The retrievable BARD IVC Filter is surgically implanted by way of a catheter into the inferior vena cava through an incision in the neck or groin area. The BARD IVC Filter was designed to catch any formed blood clots before they enter the right atrium of the heart, or later, the lungs.
When the filter is no longer needed, it is retrievable. Again, through an incision, a device is inserted into the patient who catches a small hook at the top of the instrument, then the filter is covered by a protective sheath and removed through the incision.
FDA Notes Complications Associated With The Use of Retrievable IVC Filter Device
By 2005, the FDA had received 921 reports of complications which included:
- Migration of the IVC Filter
- Perforation of the Vein or Internal Organs
- Breaking of the Device or Fracturing of Components
- Device Components Detaching
In August 2010, the FDA issued its first safety communication concerning retrievable IVC filters not being removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism subsided. They also reported that since 2005 they have received 921 IVC filter complaints involving migration of the device, detachment of the device components, perforation of the IVC and filtered fracture. After the FDA’s safety communication had been made public, victims began to file IVC lawsuits against manufacturers Cook Medical Inc. and C.R. Bard. Some are wrongful death claims.
The FDA has received reports of adverse events and product problems associated with IVC filters. Types of reports include device migration, filter fracture, embolization (movement of the entire filter or fracture fragments to the heart or lungs), perforation of the IVC, and difficulty removing the device. Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes. These types of events may be related to how long the filter has been implanted. Other known long-term risks associated with IVC filters include lower limb deep vein thrombosis and IVC occlusion. For patients with retrievable filters, some complications may be avoided if the filter can be removed once the risk of pulmonary embolism has subsided. The FDA is concerned that retrievable IVC filters, when placed for a short-term risk of pulmonary embolism, are not always removed once the threat subsides.
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