I have gotten a lot of questions about what IVC filters are and what are the problems with them. An IVC filter is a small metal device, which looks kind of like an umbrella without any cloth covering the spokes. This filter is designed to catch blood clots before they have a chance to go to the lungs and heart causing a pulmonary embolism. These filters are inserted into the inferior vena cava and once inserted are opened up in the vein, and then umbrella spokes are in place to catch blood clots. These filters have been around for a long time, and there have been very few problems with the original filters.
Several years ago, manufacturers decided to market the filters as removable, meaning you could close the spokes or umbrealla back down. To do this, they had to make it out of a much weaker metal which could be closed down and removed. Unfortunately, when they weakened the metal and changed the design, these devices started to fail at an alarming rate. Individual spokes were breaking off inside the vein, and then puncturing through the actual vein wall itself or in many instances lodging in other organs such as the heart and lungs.
Many doctors now describe these filters as ticking time bombs. They can cause strokes, bleeding, pulmonary embolism and death. The manufacturers of the IVC filters at issue are Bard, Rex and Argon Medical, Cook Medical and Cortis Medical.
We here at the Holton law firm represent several clients who have been seriously harmed by IVC filters. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a broken or failed IVC filter, call the Holton law firm. We can Help.