IVC Filter Recall Lawsuit
IVC Filters, Inferior vena cava filters are medical devices that are implanted inside a patients vena cava vein to prevent blood clots from traveling and blocking the pulmonary arteries in the lung. If you have been deemed at risk for Pulmonary Embolism (PE) or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) due to vascular disease, stroke, heart attack, obesity, trauma to the legs, a fractured pelvis, fractured bones in the legs, abdominal or joint surgery, joint replacements, lung conditions, COPD or any condition you may have had IVC filter implanted to prevent DVT/ PE.
Unfortunately some of these IVC filters, like the Bard Recovery and G2 may place you at risk for device fracture, migration and failure. Since the introduction of the IVC filter in 2005, the FDA has received roughly one thousand reports involving these filters.
In the event an IVC filter fails the consequences could be:
- Constant severe pain in the heart, lung, and chest.
- Pulmonary embolus
- Respiratory and Breath ing Problems
- Risk of metal shards lodged in organs
- A break in the device can cause "cardiac tamponade, " bleeding in and around the heart.
If you have an IVC Filter (including a RecoveryTM and G2TM ) and experience sudden chest pain you should immediately go to the emergency room. Your doctor will do tests to determine whether your IVC filter has failed, fractured or migrated.
What is going on?
If you have an IVC filter, portions of the device can break. Most commonly, "legs" of the filters break, if this happens, the broken pieces can travel to the to your heart or other organs. Some IVC filters have a very high rate of failure one study indicates upto 30% break, which may be related the IVC filter's design.
See Also National IVC Filter Recall Center
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