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If you or a loved one suffered complications from an IVC filter that moved or fractured, call us today for a free no obligation consultation. Call Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill out our contact form and a San Diego IVC Filter Lawyer will get back to you within 24 hours. The FDA has warned of ivc filter complications and side effects. Some filters may move or fracture and cause serious injuries including heart damage, lung damage, internal bleeding, and even death. If you have suffered ivc filter complications call Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 to get the facts. There are no legal fees unless you receive compensation. Certain time limits may bar your ability to bring a claim, so you must act quickly. Call now.
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IVC Filters and Vena Cava Punctures
IVC filters are placed in the vena cava to prevent blood clots that form from detaching and making their way to the lungs, where they can block blood and cause a pulmonary embolism. Though there is debate over the effectiveness of IVC filters, especially when it comes to treating a short-term risk for pulmonary embolism, there is no debate over their specific risks. Because of the way in which most IVC filters are constructed, it is possible for the wires in the device to puncture the vena cava. There are two primary times in which this risk is heightened.
Placing the IVC Filter
The placement procedure for an IVC filter is relatively simple, but still features a number of risks. Many are the risks associated with all laparoscopic procedures, but some are unique to IVC filter placement.
One of the biggest concerns during IVC placement is the potential to puncture the vena cava. Doctors must work carefully to get the filter in place without causing harm to the delicate tissue of the vena cava. IVC filters are made from metal, so it would be easy to cause damage as it slides down the catheter to its intended destination.
Once in place, there is still some risk it could slide out of place before it affixes to the wall. As the placement process is completed and the patient sent to recovery and sent home, doctors must continue to monitor the IVC filter to ensure it has “taken” and will be effective.
It is still possible at any time for the IVC filter to move and create problems for the patient. These problems include vena cava punctures. If the device slips just a small bit out of place it can have devastating results.
Though there are risks with both permanent and retrievable filters, the risk of a retrievable filter slipping out of place is much higher. This is because the filter is only meant to stay in place for a short period of time. It is designed to be removed and if your doctor does not do so intentionally within the recommended period, it is possible the device will move on its own. It can travel to other locations in the body, or remain in place and create problems in the vena cava. Or it can accomplish both, puncturing the vena cava and moving onto to cause damage elsewhere.
If you are considering an IVC filter, make sure you understand the potential risk for vena cava punctures.
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