IVC Filter Lawsuit Grand Prairie Texas - IVC Filter Lawyer Grand Prairie TX
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IVC filters are implanted in patients who face risks from blood clots. These risks often involve DVT (deep vein thrombosis), where large clots develop in the legs and then travel through the inferior vena cava and on to the heart and lungs where the blood is supposed to be resupplied with oxygen. However, the blood clots can become lodged somewhere along the route. If this lodging either blocks the flow of blood in the lower extremity or becomes lodged in an organ, the results are very serious. While the IVC filter is designed to minimize these serious health consequences, the filter also has the potential to cause other medical complications in patients.
Anytime a procedure is done where an opening is made, even for a blood draw, there is risk of infection. This is an inherent risk and things such as proper sterilization before and care of the entry site after the procedure are helpful in reducing risk. The site of entry for the procedure is extremely narrow as a very fine catheter size is used, so this decreases complications that are more often found with larger incisions.
The medications used for the IVC filter placement can also pose threats to patients. Some patients are allergic to the iodine solution used with the imaging for guiding the wire. If the patient is unaware of this allergy, serious results can occur. Fortunately, for those patients who have had a negative reaction in the past, such as a development of hives, there are medication options available to take before the procedure to reduce the chances of an allergic reaction. There are also medications available to protect the kidneys, which can be at risk during the procedure.
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea are at greater risk if sedation is used, so it is advisable to make certain that healthcare teams are aware of any chronic breathing problems when making arrangements for the procedure.
During the actual implantation of the IVC filter, the patient is at risk of excessive bleeding and perforation of the vein or artery, as well as damage to neighboring organs. For these reasons the guide wire is moved through the system in cooperation with imaging technology to minimize the risks. There is also a very slight risk that the filter will be placed in an incorrect position and a second procedure will need to be arranged to correct this positioning.
After the placement the filter’s task is to collect blood clots. However, in some patients who develop extremely large clots, or those who develop numerous clots consistently, the filter is at risk of becoming too full. This means that the deoxygenated blood that needs to return to the heart and lungs cannot adequately pass through the filter. In these cases the filter might have to be retrieved, even if it is one designed for permanent use.
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